Abe's Ruling Coalition Poised to Win Over 300 Seats (News)
Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's ruling coalition is poised to win over 300 of the 465 seats in the House of Representatives in the October 22 general election, Jiji Press forecasts showed.
Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, may get as many as 310 lower house seats together, or two-thirds of the total, the level needed to propose constitutional amendments.
Abe has vowed to step down if the ruling coalition fails to secure a majority of at least 233 seats in the chamber.
The forecasts are based on Jiji Press reporters' coverage of electoral districts across the country, as well as opinion polls and past election results. A total of 1,180 candidates ran in the latest election.
The LDP alone is likely to win close to 280 seats, compared with the 290 seats the party held before the official campaign period for the election began on Tuesday, meaning that the party will remain by far the largest force in the lower house.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]