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Wednesday, 24th December 2008
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Aso rules out general election

Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has ruled out calling a snap general election any time soon.

Mr Aso's approval ratings have fallen following disappointment at his government's efforts to help steer Japan through the current economic downturn.

At a news conference, he told reporters that his administration would be focusing on tackling the country's economic difficulties.

"I'm well aware of talk about elections or a political realignment," he said, adding: "Now that we are in the midst of a once-in-a-century crisis, we are not in a position to talk about such things."

He also announced Japan's biggest ever budget, including a multi-trillion yen stimulus package, in an attempt to revive the Japanese economy.

Mr Aso is the fourth Liberal Democratic party prime minister to lead Japan in two years.

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