Abe to dissolve lower house Thurs. for general election

26 September, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Abe to dissolve lower house Thurs. for general election

Abe is arranging to unveil the tax incentives at a news conference on Monday at which he is also expected to announce a snap election next month, the sources said on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to compile a new economic stimulus package sized around 2 trillion yen by the end of this year, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday.

Abe held a news conference early in the evening of September 25 to announce he was dissolving the Lower House when it convenes September 28.

According to officials with the knowledge of Abe's ruling coalition's plan, the general elections will be set for October 22.

The prime minister, whose ratings have risen to about 50% from about 30% in July, makes the announcement amid threats from North Korea's government, who launched two missiles over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido in recent weeks.

With the main opposition Democratic Party in disarray after an exodus of members, Mr Abe's toughest challenger might be Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, 65, who has expressed prime ministerial ambitions.

Abe said the time for talking with North Korea is over because the Hermit Kingdom's leaders do not operate in good faith. Opposition lawmakers have said there is no need to hold an election now.

"For Mr. Abe, now is the time".

A new poll carried out by Japan's Kyodo news agency has shown that nearly two-thirds of voters are against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a snap election.

In an apparent bid to steal Abe's limelight, former TV anchorwoman Koike went before the cameras just hours before his news conference to announce she was creating a national political party called "Kibo no To" (Party of Hope). The increase in Abe's ratings may help him retain his coalition's two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.

Over the weekend, a junior LDP cabinet minister, Mineyuki Fukuda, said he too would leave the ruling party to stand for election with Koike's new group.

But he was given a lower house seat in the southern Kanto bloc through proportional representation.



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