Japan election: PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament

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28th September, 2017 11:08:26 printer

Japan election: PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of the parliament ahead of a snap election.


The poll, announced on Monday and which comes a year early, which will take place on 22 October.


Mr Abe is seeking a fresh mandate amid a rebound in his approval ratings and the ongoing North Korea nuclear crisis.


The right-wing hawk became prime minister in 2012, and his Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) leads a ruling coalition that controls the Diet.


Mr Abe suffered a drop in popularity earlier this year over allegations of cronyism.


But he's seen fresh support after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles over Japan, which Mr Abe took a strong stance against.


His call for a snap election was seen as taking advantage of a weak opposition, and the LDP is still leading in opinion polls.


But he now faces a new contender in the form of the fledgling conservative Party of Hope, led by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.


Source: BBC