Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's resounding win in yesterday's ruling party election to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fuelled talk of a snap election to allow the new leader to cement his position with a public mandate.
Although Mr Suga dodged a question about this, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Defence Minister Taro Kono have both said they expect a snap election next month. A general election is due in October next year.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2020, with the headline 'Suga's resounding LDP election victory fuels talk of snap polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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