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Democratic Party effectively disbands, throwing support behind Koike’s party for Lower House poll

Democratic Party effectively disbands, throwing support behind Koike’s party for Lower House poll

Japan
In a dramatic move sure to change the landscape of the nation’s politics, the center-left Democratic Party decided Thursday to effectively disband its Lower House caucus and join Kibo no To (Party of Hope), a new conservative party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. The effective sudden death of the nation’s largest opposition force could turn the Oct. 22 Lower House election into a two-way race between conservative forces: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and Kibo no To. Public support for the DP has been dwindling for months, and the party was widely predicted to suffer a crushing defeat in the upcoming vote. The proposal to shift allegiance to Koike’s movement, made by party president Seiji Maehara, was unanimously approved at a general meeting of DP lawmak
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