Koike Resigns as Party of Hope Leader (News)

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko stepped down as leader of the Japanese opposition Party of Hope on Tuesday.

At a meeting of party lawmakers in both chambers of parliament, Koike said she is resigning as leader to offer different forms of support to the party.

Coleader Tamaki Yuichirō, a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, replaced Koike.

At a time when her clout is diminishing following the party's defeat in the October 22 Lower House election, Koike aims to focus on running the metropolitan government, as Tamaki is forming a new executive team for the party, informed sources said.

Koike said she will leave national politics up to people responsible for them.

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