The Japanese begin to vote in the elections marked by the murder of Shinzo Abe

The japanese they began to vote this Sunday in the partial elections to the Upper House of the National Parliament, two days after the assassination of the former prime minister Shinzo Abe during an electoral act that has not altered the development of the elections.

The approximately 46,000 voting points spread across the Japanese archipelago opened today at 07:00 local time (22:00 GMT on Saturday), and will close 13 hours later, when the first exit polls on the result will begin to be known. electoral.

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In these elections, 125 of the 248 seats in the Upper House are at stake, one of the two that make up the Diet of Japan and in which the legislative initiatives or the appointments of prime ministers previously approved by the most powerful Lower House are ratified.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) to which he belonged abe He hopes to revalidate his vast majority in this body, to cement the Government led by Fumio Kishida at a time marked by the acceleration of inflation in the country and by the growing external security challenges facing the archipelago.

The LDP currently has 110 seats in the upper house, in addition to 28 from its coalition partner, the Buddhist Komeito party.

For the ruling alliance to maintain its broad parliamentary dominance, they must win at least 56 seats in Sunday’s election.

Another key point will be whether the coalition in power and other parties related to the reform of the Japanese Constitution manage to maintain or extend their two-thirds parliamentary representation, necessary to carry out this controversial legislative initiative.

The PLD is the main promoter of the modification of the pacifist article of the Japanese Magna Carta with a view to providing the country with more powers in military matters, something that they consider necessary in view of the developments in North Korea, China or Russia, and which constituted a of Abe’s big political priorities.

The former prime minister, who governed between the end of 2012 and September 2020, being the longest in the country’s history and still holding enormous influence in his party, died on Friday after being shot during a campaign rally with a homemade weapon by an ex-military man who was arrested on the spot.

The police continue to investigate the motivations of the alleged assassin, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, who confessed to the authorities that he decided to attack abe for his alleged association with a religious organization that had caused family problems for the suspect.

The PLD and the opposition parties showed total unity in condemning the attack and when it came to moving forward with the electoral campaign and with the appointment at the polls this Sunday – yes, between reinforced security measures -, with a view to to defend Japanese democracy and citizens’ right to vote.

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