Japan election: Ruling LDP retains single-party majority

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Japan’s ruling party has held on to their single-party majority, in a big win for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who took power just a month ago.
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) secured more than 233 lower house seats – enough to govern without its coalition partner Komeito. Mr Kishida, 64, became leader of the LDP earlier this month. The party has dominated Japanese politics for decades but was criticised for its handling of the pandemic. Mr Kishida’s predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, stepped down in September after just a year in office. The resignation came amid plummeting poll ratings for the LDP following an unpopular push to continue with the Tokyo Olympics despite public concern about surging Covid-19 rates.

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