Maehara Elected Head of Japan's Main Opposition DP (News)


Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji was elected president of the main opposition Democratic Party on Friday, beating his sole opponent, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio.

Maehara, 55, will tackle the difficult task of recovering the party from serious weakness toward an extraordinary parliamentary session this autumn and crucial triple by-elections for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, on October 22.

His two-year term of office as DP president expires at the end of September 2019.

Speaking at a press conference after his election, Maehara said the DP will hold a general meeting of party lawmakers early next week to pick members of its new leadership team.

Possible candidates for the key post of secretary-general include Edano, 53, Ōshima Atsushi, former state internal affairs minister, former Foreign Minister Genba Koichirō and Lower House member Yamao Shiori, sources familiar with the situation said.

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