TOKYO, Japan: The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dissolved the House of Representatives, a move that was being believed aimed at securing stronger majority in both Houses of the Country’s Parliament.
With the dissolution of the Lower House, Japan is expected to witness general elections on October 22.
The 63-year old Shinzo Abe had already unveiled his intentions for going for early elections to acquire a fresh mandate as last Monday, he announced to dissolve the Lower House on September 28 to pave the way for snap polls.
Meanwhile, the American journalists are calling announcement of snap elections as unexpected and strange move of the Japanese prime minister.
Some journalists believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wishes absolute majority in both the Houses for moving some extraordinary amendments in parliamentary rules.
While political experts believe that public rating of the Japanese prime minister is high after he took strong stance against North Korea. They believe that Shinzo Abe wants to capitalize this higher rating by converting higher public support into votes.
Though Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) Coalition is hopeful of returning to the House of Representatives with stronger mandate following snap polls but the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike may make it tough for the rulers.
The 65-year-old Yuriko Koike will be the main competitor of the ruling party in upcoming polls as her newly-formed Party of Hope is gaining support of people.