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Japan PM Shinzo Abe's party suffers defeat in Tokyo poll

This signals trouble ahead for Abe who has suffered from slumping support due of favouritism scandal

Linda Sieg | Reuters  |  Tokyo 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party suffered a historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal. On the surface, the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly election was a referendum on Governor Yuriko Koike's year in office, but the dismal showing for Abe's party is also a stinging rebuke of his 4-1/2-year-old administration. Koike’s Tokyo Citizens First party and its allies were on track for between 73 to 85 seats in the 127-seat ...

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First Published: Mon, July 03 2017. 01:14 IST