Koike to step down as Party of Hope leader

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike resigned as head of a national opposition party Tuesday, after failing to make a dent in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's overwhelming parliamentary majority in last month's election.

Her decision was announced at a meeting of the party's Diet members on November 14.

Koike played a leading role in forming the Hope party in late September with the intention of ousting the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the October 22 Lower House election.

Koike had drawn flak for standing in the election as a non-parliamentarian and for remarks she had made during campaigning that were described as being arrogant by the public.

But the party won only 50 of the total 465 seats, trailing not only the LDP but also the Constitutional Democratic Party, another opposition force. But support for the Party of Hope faltered after Koike said she would "exclude" liberal members of the Democratic Party and decided not to seek a seat in parliament herself.

Edano's newly-formed party took on the liberals from the Democratic Party spurned by Koike. She then led her party to a historic victory over the LDP in a July Tokyo assembly poll.

The Party of Hope performed particularly poorly in the capital, where it lost in all but one district of the 23 in Tokyo in which it fielded candidates in the general election. "I want to step down as party leader and support you all", she told the meeting.

The move comes as the party is set to reveal its new leadership group later on Tuesday under recently-selected co-leader Yuichiro Tamaki, who is a lower house lawmaker.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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