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Speculation rife about snap election later this year

  • September 5, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Sankei
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Saturday’s Sankei speculated that regardless of who wins the LDP leadership election, the new prime minister will probably be tempted to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election sooner rather than later since public support for the ruling LDP remains high. The timing is also good because the opposition bloc is in disarray, as evidenced by some politicians’ refusal to join the party resulting from the planned merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People. As the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held next summer, the paper added that holding a snap election in the first half of 2021 would probably be difficult.

 

Meanwhile, during an interview with Saturday’s Mainichi, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said the if he is elected prime minister, he will not call a snap election until the coronavirus outbreak has been brought under control.

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