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Premier of Japan to hold early elections in order to strengthen power

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold parliamentary elections in December, until his ratings have fallen, Reuters reported, citing the Sankei newspaper. The previously planned sales tax increase will be postponed to a later date, tentatively, April 2017 of the year.

Until 2016, there is no need to hold elections. However, political insiders say that Abe, whose support is still quite strong, but declining, may try to strengthen the authority for the next four years before taking unpopular measures, such as the resumption of nuclear reactors and the adoption of a law allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time from World War II.

A coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe has virtually no chance of losing the majority in the lower house of parliament, given the weakness of the opposition camp, but it may not get to the two thirds that it has now, politicians say.

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