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Japan’s Democrat Opposition Leader Resigns

From the terrorists’ mouthpiece, Al Jazeera:

Ozawa failed to win his party’s backing for a proposal to end a legislative deadlock.

Japan opposition leader set to quit

Ichiro Ozawa has offered to resign as leader of Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party after a rift over an offer to form a new coalition with the ruling party.

In talks on Friday, Yasuo Fukuda, the prime minister, proposed a coalition to end a legislative deadlock over Japan’s refuelling support mission for US-led operations in Afghanistan.

Ozawa had initially agreed to consider the proposal but he failed to win the backing of his party…

He denied that he had originally suggested the coalition.

Delayed legislation

The Democratic Party has controlled the upper house of parliament since July, allowing them to delay important legislation.

The party has strongly opposed an extension of the Indian Ocean refuelling mission, which was halted last week when the legislation authorising it expired.

Ozawa did not confirm whether he would now leave the Democrats.

Analysts said the Democratic Party could disband if Ozawa left and took supporters with him.

The party is a quarrelsome amalgam of former LDP [Liberal Democrat Party] members, ex-Socialists and hawkish younger legislators who differ on security matters and other important policies.

Gee, they sound a lot like the Democrats in our country. Except for the part about them having some “ex-Socialists.”

Oh, and the bit about the leader resigning when he couldn’t get anything done.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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