Japan ruling bloc partner says wants to be ready for snap poll

November 11, 2014 3:41 AM

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Japan ruling bloc partner says wants to be ready for snap poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's junior coalition partner said on Tuesday his party should be prepared for a possible early election, as speculation swirled that Abe might twin a delay in an unpopular sales tax hike with a snap poll.

Media reports on Tuesday said Abe might call a snap election before the end of the year if he decides to delay a planned hike in the sales tax to 10 percent from next October. No election for parliament's lower house need be held until 2016.

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