FILE PHOTO: Japan's prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2021.
Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said there was a chance he could call a snap general election before his current term as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ends in September, according to the Asahi newspaper.
“There’s certainly a chance of dissolving parliament before the LDP leadership race,” Suga was quoted as saying during the programme, according to Asahi, referring to the ruling party’s appointment of a leader.
Suga won the LDP leadership in September, taking over from outgoing prime minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned citing health reasons.
He has repeatedly voiced caution over a snap election, stressing the need to focus on measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the economy.
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