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2019 July 24 - 30 [POLITICS]

With only one-fifth voter support, PM Abe says he won strong public trust

July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019

The percentage of votes the Liberal Democratic Party received in the July 21 House of Councilors election was less than 20% of eligible voters.

The rate is the lowest in national elections after Prime Minister Abe Shinzo made his comeback in December 2012, far from what Abe on the following day of the election said, "We have gained strong public confidence."

The LDP in the latest election received 17,711,862 votes in the proportional representation section which is only 16.7% of all Japanese aged 18 and older. The party secured 38% or 19 of the 50 contested proportional representation seats.

As for the single- and multiple-seat electoral districts, the LDP received 20,030,108 votes or 18.97% of eligible voters and won 51.35% or 38 of the 74 contested seats.

Some media outlets refer to this as "minority rule" and not "majority rule" which is considered to be the basis of democracy.
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