Taro Aso latest LDP heavyweight to hint at snap election after leadership contest

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Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso hinted Sunday that a snap election could come “soon” in the latest remarks from a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight pointing to a possible poll.Aso, who serves concurrently as finance minister said in a speech in Niigata Prefecture that the next administration would likely face criticism for being formed without a public mandate.”If so, I feel like (the new prime minister) is going to dissolve the Lower House,” said Aso, whose faction — one of the LDP’s largest — has endorsed Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in the presidential race.Aso said he decided to back Suga because he thought Suga “outweighs (other candidates) in times of emergency,” referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.Aso, a former prime minister himself, stressed that the timing on when to call elections is “very important.” He explained that when he became leader in September 2008, he wanted to dissolve the Diet quickly but couldn’t due to the global financial crisis.
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Aso’s comments came after Defense Minister Taro Kono, a member of Aso’s faction, said last week that he expects a general election in October.Suga, the front-runner to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Sunday declined to …

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