PM Abe Announces Snap Polls in Japan

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his decision to dissolve the lower house of the parliament paving way for snap elections in October. Abe said he needs a fresh mandate to overcome what he termed a ‘national crisis’ the country is facing. 


In a televised news conference, Abe informed that the lower house will be dissolved on September 28. He indicated that a tax hike is necessary for increased spending in social sector. The crisis in Korean peninsula is cited as another reason as he seeks support for a tougher stance against North Korea.

The election is supposed to take place on October 22. Analysts suggest that Abe, who is in power for five years, wants to take advantage of his rising popularity through the snap polls. His ratings are increased to around 50 percent from 30 percent in July. Recent surveys have also shown that his Liberal Democratic Party is supposed to win comfortably if an election is held now.