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Japan Ruling Party Loses Seats in Blow for Suga Before Election

  • Two of three by-elections were triggered by LDP scandals
  • Results further reduce chances of early general election
Yoshihide Suga

Yoshihide Suga

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Japanese opposition parties won all three by-elections for parliamentary seats in a blow for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who must hold a general election within six months.

The by-elections held Sunday were the first of their kind for Suga since he became prime minister in September. Two of the races -- one in the northern island of Hokkaido and another in Hiroshima -- were to replace ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers who stepped down over graft charges. The LDP didn’t field a candidate in the Hokkaido election.