Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December

Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December

Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December

Written by Staff Writer

21 Nov, 2014 | 10:14 am

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a snap election.

Mr Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax.

But opinion polls conducted by local media indicate low support for the PM and that many people do not understand why has has called an election two years ahead of schedule.

Japan will now head to the polls in mid-December.

Though his popularity has fallen, Mr Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are still expected to win.

Mr Abe has said he will resign if his coalition – which holds the majority in the lower house – fails to win a simple majority.

A Kyodo News agency survey on Friday found that about 63% of respondents did not understand Mr Abe’s decision to call an election. Only about 31% said they would support the move.

A separate survey done by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper found that only 39% support Mr Abe.

But his party performed the best in both polls, which asked respondents which party they would vote for in proportional representation districts.

-BBC


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