Japan’s ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections after Abe’s death

Japan’s ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections after Abe’s death

The PLD won 63 seats in Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the national parliament, more than half of the 125 that were up for grabs, a victory interpreted as a vote of confidence in the administration of current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to which the late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe belonged, won a comfortable victory in the last parliamentary by-elections, held just two days after his assassination, according to electoral data released by the public broadcaster NHK.

The PLD won 63 seats in Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the national parliament, more than half of the 125 that were up for grabs, a victory interpreted as a vote of confidence in the administration of current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.in the midst of rising inflation and the tense geopolitical situation. Its coalition partner, the Buddhist Komeito party, won 13 seats, which together make 76. Added to the 70 they hold in the other half of the House, the coalition retains a vast majority of 146 seats in the 248-member legislature.

They have been the best electoral results of the PLD since 2013. Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was shot dead with a firearm while giving a speech at a campaign event in the Nara region. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed that the former president was admitted to a hospital in a “critical condition” and that the doctors did everything possible to save him. Hours later the death was confirmed: “The bullet pierced his heart,” said those responsible for the health center. Likewise, Kishida condemned the violence with which the attack was perpetrated. The videos of the attack show a middle-aged man who, after executing at least two shots, is detained by security personnel. Abbe, 67, collapsed and was bleeding from the neck, a source from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said.

Japan mourned on Saturday the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, killed the day before during a rally in the west of the country, where the police admitted “undeniable” security flaws. The Japanese Police believe that the suspect who shot former prime minister Shinzo Abe deliberately chose a weapon that was highly lethal. Tetsuya Yamagami confessed that he had “made several homemade weapons”, among them, had tried to make a bomb, with the aim of creating a firearm “that was as lethal as possible”, according to police sources to which the newspaper has had access.Kyodo News’. For this reason, the Police consider that the murder suspect was intentionally trying to manufacture a firearm that was as lethal as possible, collects the television channel NHK. Officers searched Yamagami’s home in the western city of Nara and seized weapons similar to the apparently homemade one found at the scene where Abe was shot.

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