The economy is in crisis, but Aso will not present his second supplementary budget plan until next year. He has no intention of dissolving the Lower House and calling a snap election anytime soon. The impression I get is that the government and the ruling coalition have holed themselves up in their "administration castle," while the opposition Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) is laying siege, in a manner of speaking, by filling the castle moats and trying to batter down the gates.
Divided Over Kosovo and EU, Serbs Take to Polls
The Serbian people started voting on Sunday in snap elections that
give them the choice of pursuing EU membership or turning their back
on the West out of nationalist defiance over the loss of Kosovo.
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snap (DONE SUDDENLY) Adjective [before noun]
done suddenly without allowing time for careful thought or preparation:
He always makes snap decisions and never thinks about their consequences.
A snap election is an election called earlier than scheduled. Generally it refers to an election called when no one expects it, usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue.
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A snap election is an election called earlier than expected.
Generally it refers to an election in a parliamentary system called when not required (either by law or convention), usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue. It differs from a recall election in that it is initiated by politicians (usually the head of government or ruling party) rather than voters, and from a special election in that the winners will serve an entire term as opposed to the remainder of an already established term.
Since the power to call snap elections usually lies with the incumbent, they frequently result in increased majorities for the party already in power having been called at an advantageous time; however, there have been cases of snap elections backfiring and resulting in an opposition party's winning or gaining power. Generally speaking, the Prime Minister under such systems does not have the legal power to call an election, but rather must request the election be called by the head of state. In most countries, the head of state always grants such a request by convention.
to stay in a safe place, often as a way of escape:
We'd better find some shelter and hole up until the storm passes.
moat Show phonetics
a long wide channel which is dug all the way around a place such as a castle, and usually filled with water, to make it more difficult to attack
moated Show phonetics
surrounded by a moat:
a moated house/castle