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Independents from DP eye realignment after election

  • October 18, 2017
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Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press) — In the Democratic Party, which has split into three groups ahead of Sunday’s general election, those who declared independent candidacies are seeking an opposition realignment centering on DP-linked forces after the poll, Jiji Press has learned.

The independent candidates are mainly those who rejected DP President Seiji Maehara’s recommendation that they join Kibo no To, or the Party of Hope, a new conservative national party set up recently by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

The possible realignment is apparently aimed at gathering strength to oppose the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Komeito, after the coming House of Representatives election.

It may also be intended to prevent the funds of the splintering DP, which was the largest opposition party before the Lower House dissolution last month, to shift to the Party of Hope.

“When the election ends, opposition parties need to take strong steps to form a large cluster,” said former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, who did not follow Maehara’s proposal to take part in the Party of Hope and is running in the upcoming poll independently.

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