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DP Upper House member bolts party over plan to form new party with Party of Hope

Democratic Party (DP) House of Councillors member Hideya Sugio (elected from the Nagano electoral district) submitted his notice of resignation from the party to Secretary General Teruhiko Mashiko at the party headquarters on April 10. He gave the following reason: “I am opposed to the Democratic Party’s merger with some members of the Party of Hope. A point of no return has been reached with the start of discussions on the new party.”


This was the first case of resignation from the DP after it reached an agreement with the Party of Hope to form a new party.

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