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Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said he expects a general election in October, contradicting comments from the man expected to transform the next prime minister, who indicated the ballot would come later.

Kono, tipped as a future Japanese leader, made the comments Wednesday in an online forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Hypothesis over an early election was once fueled by a leap in fortify for ailing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet in polls released prior to now week, just as Yoshihide Suga emerged as the favorite to succeed him.

Suga, widely expected to be selected as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party next week as Abe steps down for health reasons, said Tuesday the country was once not in a situation for a general election, provided the virus outbreak. The LDP is expected to use its majority in parliament to elect Suga, the right-hand man to Abe, as prime minister on Sept. 16.

Election timing is the prerogative of the prime minister and none need be held for approximately another year. Polls have shown the general public oppose the idea of a vote before the end of 2020.

The LDP’s junior coalition partner, Komeito, has expressed caution over the idea of an early election. Party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said earlier this week that dealing with the coronavirus will have to be the precedence, national broadcaster NHK reported.

A newly unified opposition party is set to elect a leader Thursday in a tender to offer a more compelling alternative. But the LDP, which has governed Japan nearly incessantly since 1955, is practically guaranteed to retain its majority in the next election because of a immense slate of incumbents, strong underwriting and a public fortify rate mannered ahead of the opposition’s.

Japan’s second wave of virus cases has been tailing off in recent weeks, with approximately 500 new infections reported Sept. 9, approximately a third of levels seen a month earlier. The economic effects have been dire, with the country experiencing its worst contraction on record in the April-June quarter.

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