Abe to win upper house poll, push reforms under political stability

July 22, 2013 11:02 am 

By Shinya Ajima

TOKYO, July 22 (PNA/Kyodo) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to strengthen his grip on power Sunday with his ruling coalition projected to win a comfortable majority in the upper house election, which will enable him to pursue his goal of economic recovery with greater political stability.

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its smaller partner, the New Komeito party, are almost certain to end years of opposition control of the House of Councillors by winning over 70 of the 121 seats up for grabs, according to exit polls by Kyodo News.

The projection would mean the LDP and Komeito would secure a comfortable majority of 129 to control all standing committees as well as the chamber itself. That would facilitate the passage of bills as the ruling bloc already holds an overwhelming majority in the lower house. (PNA/Kyodo)

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