Friday, August 26, 2011

Japan, Prime Minister Khan resigns

The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced his resignation as chairman of the Democratic Party (PDJ), thus paving the way for its de facto successor to the leadership of the government. In Japan, in fact, the president of the majority party in the Chamber of Deputies are appointed to lead the government, even if the Senate is in the hands of the opposition, as is the case today.

"I leave my office as president today," Khan said officials of the party, according to news agency Jiji reported. The election of his successor will take place next Monday within the party and the winner will be elected prime minister by Parliament the next day. It will be the sixth Prime Minister in five years.

To announce the resignation, the prime minister since the Diet, the Japanese lower house of parliament, approved two draft laws proposed by him to start rebuilding in the northeast of the country, after earthquake and resulting tsunami on 11 March that caused serious damage to a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Daiichi, the worst nuclear crisis in the world in the last 25 years.

With the abandonment of the Summit of the Democratic Party, it opens the sequence for the direction of the government on Monday that will be held internal elections to appoint the new leader, who automatically becomes the next prime minister, the sixth in Japan in just five years.

Six major candidates in race, and among the favorites former foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, and the current owner of Finance, Yoshihiko Noda, both considered 'hawks: one in the field of security, the other in the tax.

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