Opposition to Submit No-Confidence Motion against Abe Cabinet


Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)--Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano has decided on the party's plan to submit a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet during the ongoing session of the Diet, the country's parliament, jointly with other opposition parties, informed sources said Saturday.

The envisaged motion is aimed at highlighting the opposition camp's confrontational approach to the Abe cabinet, a senior CDPJ official said.

After confirming cooperation at Monday's meeting of their senior officials, the opposition parties are expected to jointly submit the no-confidence motion to the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, within the same day at the earliest.

The battle between the ruling and opposition blocs looks set to heat up ahead of the end on Wednesday of the current Diet session, pundits said.

The development came after Abe decided not to call for a snap election for the lower chamber on the same day as a triennial election this summer for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber.

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