Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Japanese opposition set for victory; PM quits as party head

The Japanese Prime Minister announced his resignation as the head of the party that has governed Japan for decades, after it was defeated in the Japanese elections on Sunday. 

The Democratic Party of Japan won against the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.

The DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama has been compared to Barack Obama, and is touting a message of change. He is attracting large crowds in support.  

The LDP has been in continuous power of the Parliament for more than 50 years, but it is expected that the power will shift to the DPJ.  If the DPJ wins majority, it will be the first time it will govern the country.

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