September 13, 2005

CINCINNATUSSAN:

Victorious Koizumi firm on fall '06 exit (Japan Times, 9/13/05)

Despite the Liberal Democratic Party's landslide victory Sunday, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reiterated his resolve to step down when his term as LDP president expires next September.

With all ballots counted, the LDP won 296 seats in the 480-seat House of Representatives, 84 more than it had going into the race. New Komeito, its coalition partner, lost three seats to finish with 31.

The LDP's gains came mostly at the expense of the Democratic Party of Japan, which saw its seats in the chamber plummet to 113 from 177. The crushing defeat has prompted the party to seek new leadership. [...]

But despite the glowing figures and calls from both within the LDP and New Komeito to stay on, Koizumi said, "People made their judgment (in the election) on the premise that my term as LDP president ends next September."

"There are many aspirants to be (LDP) president and prime minister," Koizumi said. "I want to give those people the opportunity to play as active a role as possible."


Men who walk happily away from power are rare and special.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2005 6:56 AM
Comments

I run screaming from it. Not that it ever gets close.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at September 13, 2005 1:14 PM
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