Koike resigns as Kibo no To leader

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yuriko Koike

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike stepped down as leader of the opposition Kibo no To (Party of Hope) on Tuesday.

At a meeting of party lawmakers in both chambers of the Diet, Koike said she is resigning as leader to offer different forms of support to the party.

Coleader Yuichiro Tamaki, a member of the House of Representatives, replaced Koike.

At a time when her clout is diminishing following the party’s defeat in the lower house election on Oct. 22, Koike aims to focus on running the metropolitan government, as Tamaki is forming a new executive team for the party, informed sources said.

Koike said she will leave national politics up to people responsible for them.

At the meeting, party lawmakers approved plans to appoint lower house member Motohisa Furukawa as secretary general.

Lower house member Atsushi Oshima was selected as acting leader.

Koike has been under pressure to resign as party leader since the party won only 50 seats in the 465-member lower house, short of its preelection share of 57.

On Oct. 25, however, she expressed her intention to continue to lead the party, saying she had a responsibility to do so as its founder.

At the same time, she voiced her readiness to distance herself from national politics.

Koike launched the party in late September just before the lower house was dissolved for the snap election.

She was criticized for saying she would reject some members from the Democratic Party willing to join Kibo no To.Speech

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