Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering calling a snap election as early as next month to take advantage of an uptick in approval ratings and disarray in the main opposition party, according to domestic media. Grace Lee reports.
Shinzo Abe may call in a snap election as early as next month, according to local media. The Japanese Prime Minister looking to take advantage of a spurt in his approval ratings, now recovered to the 50 percent level in some polls, fanned by public jitters over Pyongyang's missile tests and chaos in his main opposition. Japan's public broadcaster reports that Abe may dissolve parliament's lower house for a snap poll after the legislature convenes for an extra session at the end of the month. The election is scheduled for next autumn, but now speculation is mounting over a snap election on October 22nd when three by-elections are scheduled. Abe's ratings had sunk below 30 percent in July, battered by suspected cronyism scandals. They weighed heavily on voters' minds that same month, when the ruling party suffered a stunning defeat in Tokyo's local elections. It sparked a huge cabinet reshuffle, and some analysts felt it could be the beginning of the end for Abe's leadership. But with his support base rallying again, it's perhaps no surprise the Prime Minister is looking to strike while the political iron is hot.