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Japan after Abe

Suga dodges question on whether to call snap election on becoming PM

Some senior lawmakers hinted an early general election following the launch of new Cabinet

Merchandise featuring Japan's expected new prime minister Yoshihide Suga are displayed at designer Ippei Fujita's store Marble in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, Japan, Sept.11.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the frontrunner to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Sunday declined to say whether he would dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election upon becoming premier.

"What the people want the most is to keep a balance between preventing further infections of the novel coronavirus and promoting economic activities," Suga said when asked about a poll a day before he is expected to be elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Abe is stepping down for health reasons.

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