Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Friday ruled out any plan to call a general election in the near future, placing the implementation of his structural reform programs at the forefront.

“I have said I want lawmakers to think about how to implement reforms, not worry about an election,” Koizumi said. “I am not thinking about dissolving (the House of Representatives) for a general election at the moment.”

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