Japanese Prime Minister wins big in parliamentary elections

Prime Minister Kishida’s LDP party won the lower house election, cementing his ruling position.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won 261 out of 465 seats in the lower house of parliament in yesterday’s election, far exceeding the 233 minimum to continue to hold a majority in Japan’s parliament.

Despite being reduced by 15 seats from the previous term, the LDP’s result is seen as a major victory for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, allowing the party to control committees in the House of Representatives and speeding up the approval of new bills. including increasing the budget to promote recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Kishida held a press conference at the LDP headquarters on November 1.  Photo: AFP.

Prime Minister Kishida held a press conference at the LDP headquarters on November 1. Photo: AFP.

Many observers have warned that Kishida could become one of Japan’s shortest serving prime ministers if the LDP fails in the election, but he has weathered this dismal forecast and cemented his position to take the lead. could pass a variety of policies ahead of next year’s Senate elections.

During a press conference today, Prime Minister Kishida pledged to “quickly implement policies that reflect the voice of the people of the country”. He previously announced that he would draft a “new economic stimulus package worth tens of trillions of yen” to mitigate the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but did not have much specific information on the scale and method. disbursement project.

Kishida, 64, served as Japan’s foreign minister from 2012 to 2017, under former prime minister Shinzo Abe. During the campaign, he pledged to spend heavily on economic stimulus measures during the Covid-19 era, as well as to tackle income inequality.

He has negotiated numerous agreements with Russia and South Korea, which are said to have not warm relations with Japan. Kishida in 2016 contributed to the historic visit of former US president Barack Obama to Hiroshima.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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