Kan points to elections in 2013


Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has denied rumours that he is intending to call a snap general election. He has indicated that it would be improper because of the difficulty of holding an election in the disaster struck areas following the March earthquake and tsunami.

Instead he is proposing that the upper house of the Diet, the House of Councillors, which is due to hold election in July 2013 and the lower house, the House of Representatives, which is due to hold elections by August 2013 should hold them on the same day.

Kan has indicated that he will remain as premier only as long as it takes to ensure the disaster work is carried out. The opposition were quick to point out that as a result he has no authority over the date of the election and are threatening a censure motion.

For now though it looks as though the elections will be held in 2013.

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