Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has dissolved Japan lower house of parliament on Tuesday paving the way for general election in August according to CNN news report.
Aso has faced increasing pressure from within his party, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to step down as his approval rating plummets amid Japan’s worsening economy.
Mainichi Shimbun latest poll indicated Taro Aso’s rating dropped 2 points to 18 percent, the lowest since he took office in September.
The support for his Cabinet also fell 2 points to 17 percent, while 67 percent of the 1,045 respondents polled by Mainichi Shimbun indicates they do not back the administration, up by 7 points from previous month.
Aso abruptly declining political fortune was further exacerbated when the main opposition party and three others filed a no-confidence motion against him and his Cabinet.
Earlier this month, the LDP suffered a huge defeat in local elections, when it lost its majority in the Tokyo assembly to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and its coalition partner.
By dissolving the Lower House which his party controlled, on Tuesday, Aso has moved up the elections by two months.
The last two prime ministers, both from his party, resigned after less than a year in office.