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Democratic Party elects new leader, but remains divided

  • November 1, 2017
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All papers reported that the Democratic Party elected former Senior Vice Health Minister Kohei Otsuka president on Tuesday, noting that although he was chosen without contest, there is still a rift between liberal-minded party lawmakers and their conservative colleagues. The liberal-leaning politicians are worried that the new leader may move to split the party, as he is thought to be more sympathetic toward the Party of Hope than the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). Otsuka, a former official at the Bank of Japan, dismissed such concerns and stressed the importance of building mutual confidence among the three opposition parties by saying: “The Party of Hope, the CDPJ, and our party must cooperate to unseat the LDP administration.”  

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