Japan: Votes counted as Abe poised for electoral victory

Votes were counted at the Shinjuku Cosmic Centre in Tokyo, Sunday, following a snap election to the country's Lower House of the Diet. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, Komeito, which faced competition from a divided opposition, were on course for a decisive win in the Lower House by late Sunday. Exit polls suggest they will secure 311... Еще seats, well ahead of the 233 required for a simple majority. An expected supermajority would allow Abe, who is poised for re-election as Japan's Prime Minister for a third-term, to amend the pacifist Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. Abe dissolved the parliament and called for early elections last month, in a bid to keep his conservative Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition's majority in the parliament's lower house, where it had a two-thirds «supermajority» before dissolution.

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