Japan: Opposition politician elected as president

August 7, 2007 04:44

The upper house of Japan's Parliament elected a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker as its president Tuesday, the first time an opposition member has held the post. The upper house chose Satsuki Eda in a unanimous vote following the crushing defeat of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party in July 29 elections. The DPJ advanced to dominate the 242-seat upper house for the first time in the elections.

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