Japan’s ruling party leader fails to win in election runoff

Japan’s ruling party suffered a setback in a three-way race Sunday ahead of a national election in Sunday, hampering Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s progress in improving his own standing, a Reuters report said. Shinzo…

Japan’s ruling party leader fails to win in election runoff

Japan’s ruling party suffered a setback in a three-way race Sunday ahead of a national election in Sunday, hampering Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s progress in improving his own standing, a Reuters report said.

Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a setback in an early run-off election to the upper house of parliament, according to the news agency, citing figures released by the broadcaster NHK. Abe’s ally, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai, came in second behind the main opposition Democratic Party candidate, Haruki Nakajima, who won 37.23 percent.

The overall vote of 294 seats was split into three parts, Reuters said, and voters in one part chose only independents and other minor candidates. But by splitting the votes, the smaller party candidates won more seats than the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s candidates combined.

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