2 Opposition Parties to Form Parliamentary Alliance

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--Yuichiro Tamaki, head of the Democratic Party for the People, and Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa agreed Thursday to form a parliamentary alliance between the two opposition parties in both chambers of Japan's parliament.

The party leaders also reached an agreement to start policy discussions between the two parties with the aim of joining forces.

The agreements were approved at a meeting of DPP members in both parliamentary chambers.

"We'll work to create a large opposition group," Tamaki told a news conference after the meeting with Ozawa.

"The role of opposition parties is to show to the public an alternative option for the (ruling) Liberal Democratic Party," Tamaki stressed.

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