DPP to dissolve, merge with CDP
NHK -- Aug 20
Japan's second largest opposition party, the Democratic Party for the People, has decided to dissolve itself and form a new one through a merger with the largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party.

The decision came at a meeting of more than 60 Lower and Upper House members of the party on Wednesday afternoon.

Party President Tamaki Yuichiro said at the outset of the meeting that he had held talks with the Constitutional Democratic Party with a desire to change Japan's politics by creating a larger political force.

He asked the members to have a positive discussion to put an end to the party and make a fresh start.

The party leadership then reported the background of the two parties' merger talks, in which their secretaries general drew up a draft platform for a new party.

Some members had expressed their intention not to join the merger, including Maehara Seiji who is a former Foreign Minister. They walked out while the others continued the discussion on whether to approve the proposed merger.

After the meeting, Tamaki reiterated his stance of not taking part in the merger. Some other members also remain cautious about the merger.

The party agreed to leave it up to Tamaki and Secretary General Hirano Hirofumi to decide how to deal with those members and also what to do about a proposal made by Tamaki to split the party, rather than dissolve it.

国民民主党は両院議員総会を開き、解党したうえで立憲民主党と合流することを決めました。玉木代表らは新党には合流しない方針です。  国民民主党・玉木代表:「政権交代に向けた新たな大きな塊を目指し、国民民主党と立憲民主党との間において新党をつくることを承認する」  総会には約60人が出席し、党を解党して立憲民主党と合流し、新党をつくることが賛成多数で了承されました。今後、所属議員や地方組織から参加の意向を確認したうえで、立憲民主党側と新党結成に向けた具体的な段取りを話し合う予定です。一方で、玉木代表は改めて、自らは参加せず、残る議員らとともに新党を立ち上げる考えを示しました。国民民主党の党名や消費税の減税などの政策は引き継ぎたいとしています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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