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SDP, PLP to join forces in Upper House

  • July 14, 2016
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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the People’s Life Party (PLP) have started making arrangements for a plan to form a parliamentary alliance in the House of Councillors next month. The two minor opposition parties will hold a total of six Upper House seats composed of two SDP seats, two PLP seats, and two independent members elected in Sunday’s election, who are still on the list of PLP members.


The two parties will proceed with their plan to form an alliance at the extraordinary Diet session convening on August 1 to decide on the Upper House lineup.


The two parties won only one seat each in the Upper House poll. They aim to secure a voice in the Diet by joining hands, as a parliamentary alliance. A parliamentary alliance is a group formed by multiple political parties to carry out political activities in the Diet.

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