The president of the Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki, rejected the idea of forming a grand coalition between the governing Democratic Party of All Japan news and opposition parties.
Following earlier talks on the idea of a grand coalition as initially raised by Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, the LDP head commented that an alliance with the DPJ could have been possible if ‘appropriate procedures were immediately undertaken after the Great East All Japan news Earthquake.’ He added that LDP would not take the idea of a grand coalition given the kind of relations between the two parties for the past five months.
Tanigaki made the comment during a meeting of the party executives from both chambers of the Diet on Aug. 17, just a few days after Noda, a leading candidate for the DPJ presidency as well as for the prime minister post, expressed his intention to form a grand coalition.
The majority of the participants from the said meeting did not support the idea of a grand coalition, revealed LDP Secretary-General Nobuteru Ishihara.
Most of LDP lawmakers opined an alliance with the DPJ would be detrimental to the party’s goal of holding a Lower House election as an opportunity to take back power from the DPJ. Nonetheless, the LDP leadership will continue to cooperate with the ruling party until the passing of the third supplemental budget for the current fiscal year. The budget is intended for the reconstruction efforts in affected areas following the March 11 catastrophe.
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