Abe claims vic­tory in up­per house polls

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRIME Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe claimed vic­tory for his rul­ing coali­tion in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, which came de­spite luke­warm pub­lic sup­port for his eco­nomic poli­cies and wari­ness over amend­ing the coun­try’s paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion.

Mr Abe, in power since late 2012, has yet to achieve a strong re­cov­ery in the world’s third-largest econ­omy through un­con­ven­tional mea­sures cen­tred on mas­sive easy money and other steps – so-called Abe­nomics.

Vot­ers have also ex­pressed mis­giv­ings about his cher­ished dream of mak­ing changes to the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion, im­posed by the United States after Ja­pan’s de­feat in World War II and pro­hibit­ing it from wag­ing war.

But his Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP) and the Bud­dhist-backed Komeito gained as pub­lic con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of op­po­si­tion par­ties was even lower.

Mr Abe seized on the elec­tion re­sults for half the seats in par­lia­ment’s up­per house as a vote of con­fi­dence.

“I’m re­lieved that we were able to se­cure more than ... half the seats con­tested,” he told pri­vate broad­caster TBS tele­vi­sion about two hours after polls closed at 8pm on July 10.

“I think [vot­ers] told us to firmly ac­cel­er­ate Abe­nomics.”

The LDP and Komeito were set to take at least 66 of the 121 seats up for grabs – half the cham­ber’s to­tal – up from 59 pre­vi­ously, pub­lic broad­caster NHK said.

The House of Coun­cil­lors, as the up­per house is for­mally known, is the less pow­er­ful cham­ber in Ja­pan’s bi­cam­eral leg­is­la­ture, and half its seats come up for elec­tion ev­ery three years. –

Photo: AFP

A ban­ner reads “We stand with the be­reaved” in a street near an up­scale restau­rant, which was the site of a bloody siege that ended in the death of 22, in Dhaka on July 5.

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