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Japan: Prime Minister announces early legislative elections

Ⓒ AFP – Brendan Smialowski – | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York, September 21, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he expected early parliamentary elections in an attempt to extend his mandate as tensions with North Korea widen.

“I will dissolve the lower house of Parliament on September 28,” Abe told a press conference in Tokyo, a provision that automatically results in a general election within 40 days.

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