Tokyo gov­er­nor quits as head of con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion 'Party of Hope'

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TOKYO: The gov­er­nor of the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, Tokyo, whose op­po­si­tion “Party of Hope” came a dis­tant third to Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s rul­ing party in a gen­eral elec­tion last month, said on Tues­day she would quit as party co-leader.

Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike, a former rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP) law­maker some­times men­tioned as a pos­si­ble first fe­male Ja­panese pre­mier, launched the party to great fan­fare ahead of the Oct. 22 lower house elec­tion and ab­sorbed a big chunk of the failed op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Party.

But de­spite her bid to cre­ate what she called a “re­formist, con­ser­va­tive” ri­val to Abe’s LDP, Koike’s party won only 51 seats in the 465-mem­ber lower house.

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