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(C) Reuters. Komeito Party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi attends a debate session with other party leaders ahead of July 21 upper house election at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo

By Tim Kelly and Ami Miyazaki

TOKYO (Reuters) – The leader of the Japanese ruling coalition’s junior partner, Komeito, on Thursday indicated his party does not want a snap general election after the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) picks a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The top priority is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. People want to get back to business and return to work, and I don’t believe they want a power vacuum of a month or two that would result from calling an election,” Natsuo Yamaguchi said in an interview.

Exclusive: Japan ruling coalition partner Komeito indicates it does not want snap election

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