TOKYO GOV­ER­NOR TO CHAL­LENGE PM SHINZO ABE WITH NEW PARTY

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Tokyo Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike on Mon­day said she will lead a new na­tional party that will chal­lenge Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP) in a gen­eral elec­tion ex­pected to be called for next month.

Ms Koike, who named her new po­lit­i­cal group the Party of Hope, has emerged as a se­ri­ous threat to Mr Abe af­ter she won the Tokyo gov­er­nor­ship a year ago and in July fielded can­di­dates who routed the LDP in elec­tions for the met­ro­pol­i­tan as­sem­bly.

“I want the Ja­panese peo­ple to believe that there is hope for to­mor­row,” she said at a tele­vised press con­fer­ence.

Yuriko Koike.

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