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Koike's new party unlikely to take power in Oct. vote: senior member

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's new national party, seen as a growing
challenger to the ruling coalition, is unlikely to win enough votes
in the Oct. 22 general election to seize power, a key member said
Sunday.

Masaru Wakasa, a founding member of the Kibo no To (party of
hope), also said Koike is not expected to quit as the governor and
run for a House of Representatives seat herself "as long as she is
looking to secure enough seats to put us in a position to take power
in the next election" after the upcoming one.

Wakasa reiterated the party's position that people joining from
the moribund main opposition Democratic Party will have to share the
Kibo no To's stance on security legislation expanding the
Self-Defense Forces' role overseas to run on the new party's ticket.

The Democratic Party has called for scrapping the legislation
which came into force last year.
Kibo no To will announce candidates in stages through the start
of official campaigning on Oct. 10 for the election with 465 seats up
for grabs.

The number of seats in the lower chamber will be cut from 475.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner the
Komeito together had over 300 seats. (Oct. 1)


Tokyo Governer Yuriko Koike