Polls: Japan's LDP set for big win in Sunday election

By REUTERS
December 14, 2012 04:42

 
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TOKYO - Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track for a stunning victory in Sunday's election, returning to power with hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the helm, and possibly ending Japan's political gridlock.

Opinion polls by the Asahi, Yomiuri and Nikkei newspapers on Friday forecast that the LDP was headed for a hefty majority in the 480-seat powerful lower house of parliament.

The LDP and its smaller ally, the New Komeito party, could gain the two-thirds needed to break through a policy deadlock that has plagued the world's third biggest economy since 2007.

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