Japan, elections in Tokyo: the Liberal Democratic Party has won more than 75 of the 125 seats to be assigned in the upper house
A few days after the assassination of the former prime minister Shinzo Abe the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD, nationalist right), to which Abe belonged, and his ally Komeitohave strengthened their position by winning more than 75 of the 125 seats to be assigned in the upper house, according to national media (the Senate has 248 seats, half-renewed every three years).
Now the two parties have a two-thirds “super majority” Senate ready to change the country’s pacifist constitution to strengthen its military role on the world stage – a long-standing goal of Shinzo Abe.
Recognizing his defeat, Kenta Izumileader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of the oppositionhe said it was clear that “the voters did not want to change and hand over the government to us,” according to Kyodo News. The participation rate was only 52%, according to the data available at the time. “I think it is important that the elections take place normally”, commented the premier Fumio Kishidaadding that it will address the important ongoing issues, Covid, Ukraine And inflation.
L’Lpdalready a majority in the country, was already given as a favorite but the wave of emotion for the death of Abe, killed during an electoral rally, could have further increased the consensus. The prime minister, Fumio Kishidatherefore seems close to consolidating its power, in view of three years without electoral deadlines.
On the evening of Monday 11 July, a wake will be held for the former prime minister, whose funeral will take place on Tuesday in the presence of his family and close friends.
The US secretary of state Antony Blinken arrived at Tokyo to offer condolences for the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The senior US diplomat landed at the military base in Yokota and he should make a brief stop in the capital to meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and express his pain. The president of the United States Joe Biden he previously went to the Japanese ambassador’s residence to sign the condolence book.
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