INTERVIEW: JCP Eager to Create Divided Diet toward Ousting Abe Administration

Politics

Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii has emphasized that the JCP and other opposition parties should unite to win the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, to create a divided Diet as a step toward toppling the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"The Abe administration is now at dead end both in domestic politics and on the diplomatic front," Shii said in a recent interview.

"In the triennial election, I want to call on people to cooperate to oust the Abe administration and change the country's politics to make Japan a country where each and every person can have hopes and live in peace," he said.

Shii said, "We're determined to turn the Liberal Democratic Party, its Komeito ally and groups supporting the ruling pair into a minority, create a divided Diet and let opposition parties take the initiative of politics to force Abe to dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap general election."

"We aim to form an opposition-led government" by capturing a majority also in the Lower House through the possible general election, Shii stressed. "We want to leverage the Upper House election for the goal."

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