Getting off on the good foot
Posted by ampontan on Monday, August 29, 2011
FINANCE Minister Noda Yoshihiko won the election held on the 29th for the presidency of the Democratic Party of Japan on the second ballot. That means he will shortly become the next prime minister.
The five candidates running in the election delivered 10-minute campaign speeches to their fellow DPJ Diet members before the voting. During his speech, Mr. Noda said:
If I become prime minister, the Cabinet support ratings will not rise right away. Therefore, I will not dissolve the Diet (and hold an election).
During a news conference held after the party voted, he was asked specifically about the possibility of dissolving the lower house. He answered:
Basically, (the term of the lower house) is for four years…but any number of things could happen before that, so a dissolution is possible.
Off to a good start, isn’t he?