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Japan PM Dissolves Lower House for October 31 National Elections

Fumio Kishida has stated establishing economic security will be a key priority for his administration. (Photo: Reuters)

Fumio Kishida has stated establishing economic security will be a key priority for his administration. (Photo: Reuters)

The last lower house election was held in Japan in 2017 under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japans new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for Oct. 31 national elections.

Kishida says he is seeking the publics mandate for his policies after being elected by parliament as prime minister only 10 days ago to replace Yoshihide Suga.

Tadamori Oshima, the speaker of the house, announced the dissolution of the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers at a plenary session.

The last lower house election was held in 2017 under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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first published:October 14, 2021, 13:21 IST