Sunday, July 29, 2007

Bye bye - Abe

Japan's days of far right government may be drawing to a close. Prime minister Shinzo Abe's conservative LDP suffered a sharp defeat in the country's upper house elections, losing its majority to the moderate Democrats.

The LDP still holds a large majority in the lower house which Abe says he'll use to stay on as prime minister, a move his own party may resist.

With the upper house in the hands of the populist opposition, it could lead to a legislative deadlock that would trigger dissolution in the lower house and early elections the LDP does not want to face. Japanese voters have turned against the right due to a series of scandals and blunders.

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