Saturday, September 6, 2008

Japan parties eye election on Nov. 9 - paper

TOKYO (Reuters) - Parties within Japan's ruling coalition are discussing a plan for a lower house election on Nov. 9, Japanese daily Yomirui Shimbun reported on Saturday.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner, New Komeito Party, see a better chance of garnering more votes if an election is held shortly after the LDP selects its new leader to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Sept. 22, the paper said.

The winner of the race for LDP leadership is assured of becoming prime minister by the virtue of the party's majority in parliament's lower house.

The LDP and New Komeito's plan is for the new prime minister to make a policy speech on Sept. 29 at parliament's extraordinary session and answer party representatives' questions from Oct. 1-3, the paper said.

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