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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:01 pm    Post subject: ECH:> [NO CONFIDENCE VOTE] Reply with quote

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- Prime Minister Ichiro Mazuka lost a vote of no confidence yesterday.

Assemblymen were able to force a no confidence vote yesterday, a vote which the incumbent Prime Minister lost by 211 to 188. This is the first time in Mazuka's four successive terms that he has been subjected to such a vote. This vote means that a majority of the Assembly are unhappy with the Prime Minister's decisions.

A cross-party group of anti-Mazuka Assemblymen are being blamed for the latest events, accused of aggressively lobbying fellow Assemblymen into pressing for the vote and to ultimately turn against the Prime Minister. Noted members of this rival coalition are believed to be: Gina Kai Oon, Defence Secretary and CinC of the Armed Forces; Tjimi Shing, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Society; and the often outspoken Tyler Merkava, centre-right-wing Assemblyman for Suginami-Ku East and Chair of the Corporate Interests committee.

Opponents to the Prime Minister say that since the assassination of Hokai Kwan, the previous Deputy Prime Minister, his office has lost its was and is now incapable of making rational decisions citing the recent panic-causing public health alert as a case in point.

Already, calls have even been made for Mazuka's immediate resignation - something that Mazuka was quick to dismiss in saying: "I will not cow-tow to backbench pressure and schoolyard scare tactics. I appreciate that recent policy has been difficult for our nation to swallow after such a long period of stability and calm, but the people of this nation can rest assured that their duly elected Prime Minister will carry out his duty to the last. I will not resign."

If Mazuka were to resign then questions will be asked about who will step into his place. The current favourite is the incumbent DPM, Tjimi Shing. Mazuka stalwarts are already rallying to their Prime Minister's side and are suspecting Shing as being the coalition ringleader - although no one will go on record stating as such. So-called coalition ministers are making like movements. Political lines are being drawn that no longer respect party boundaries.

Political pundits have been whipped into a wild frenzy of activity with wide ranging opinions on what may happen next.

The Kremlin is known to be watching the political events within Japan with great interest. Tensions between Russia and Japan are still under strain regarding the long disputed islands of the Northern Territories.

Elements of the past and future combining to make something not quite as good as either.
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