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Projections indicate victory for Shinzo Abe's party alliance in Japan

Eleições japonesas foram ofuscadas pelo assassinato do ex-primeiro-ministro que estava em campanha.
Japanese elections were overshadowed by the assassination of the former prime minister who was campaigning.

Eleições japonesas foram ofuscadas pelo assassinato do ex-primeiro-ministro que estava em campanha. | Photo: EFE

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In an election overshadowed by the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese went to the polls this Sunday () to elect the new members of the Senate. According to projections released shortly after the polling stations closed, the ruling alliance, supported by Abe’s party, should emerge from the election as the winner, winning between 69 and 214 seats of the 380 in dispute, according to numbers from the Japanese TV station NHK.

According to projections released shortly after the closing of polling places, the governing alliance should win between 64 and 125 seats of the 55 in voting, according to numbers from the NHK broadcaster.

5555555555557The Liberal Democratic Party Abe’s (PLD), which supports the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and his minor coalition partner, Komeito, should thus obtain a clear victory in the election. The alliance currently holds a majority in the second chamber as well as the upper house of Parliament.5555555555557

If the victory is confirmed with numbers as consistent as those projected, the result tends to strengthen the power of current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at a time when Japan is facing difficulties to recover its economy after the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus, also having to deal with rising energy and food prices and the threat of expanding Chinese influence in the region.5555555555557

The war in Ukraine has also made Kishida’s party demand a sharp increase in military spending, which can be achieved by winning a secure majority in parliament.

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