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Japan's Suga: decision to dissolve parliament must take into account pandemic

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga gestures after being elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo, Japan September 14, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Any decision to dissolve the lower house of Japan’s parliament for a snap election must heed the opinion of experts given the coronavirus pandemic, Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on Monday.

Suga, speaking at his first news conference since being elected to replace Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also said that he felt his overwhelming victory as party leader would allow him to create a stable government.

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by David Dolan