A no-confidence motion by opposition parties against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga would immediately prompt a dissolution of the House of Representatives for a snap election, a ruling party executive has warned.

“If (a no-confidence motion) is submitted, there will immediately be a dissolution,” Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said on a television program Sunday. The program was recorded on Friday.

“A no-confidence motion is a declaration of their intention that they cannot conduct politics together (with the government). Are they prepared?” Nikai added.

A Lower House election needs to take place before the terms of the current members of the powerful parliamentary chamber expire on Oct. 21.

On the timing of the LDP leadership election to be held before Suga’s term as LDP president ends at the end of September, Nikai said only that he has not held in-depth talks with the prime minister on the issue, adding that he wants to make a decision by speaking with him.

Nikai also said the government may need to draw up a supplementary budget for fiscal 2021 to finance economic stimulus measures amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic.

“If there is a shortage, we will always take proactive response by compiling an extra budget,” he said.

The government’s budget for fiscal 2021, which started this month, was enacted in late March. But some within the LDP are calling for active fiscal expenditure in view of the looming Lower House election.

“It is the responsibility of politics and the government and ruling camp to protect the people’s lives and livelihood,” Nikai said. “The way we work on the issue will affect the evaluation by the public.”

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