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Japanese PM Naoto Kan faces party rebellion

06-01-2011 13:47 BJT

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Dozens of Japanese ruling party rebels say they plan to vote for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Analysts say Kan would likely survive the vote on Thursday. However, he would still have to deal with a divided parliament.

Adoption of the motion would force Kan either to resign with his cabinet or call a snap lower house poll. Analysts say the election would be tough, as part of the country struggles to recover from the March earthquake and tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Rivals in Kan's Democratic Party of Japan want him to quit before the vote. A new leader could form a coalition with the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party to break a parliamentary logjam. But media reports say Kan had brushed off a demand to quit in talks on Tuesday with his predecessor Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned abruptly just a year ago.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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