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Japan's ruling party set for strong election showing after Abe killing

Headlines 17:22 10 Jul, 2022

I wanted to vote for a party that has been stably in power

Japan's ruling party set for strong election showing after Abe killing

Japanese voters went to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election that may give the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) a surge of support after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a dominant politician and power broker, Qazet.az reports.

Abe, Japan's longest-serving modern leader, was gunned down on Friday during a speech in support of a local candidate in the western city of Nara, a killing the political establishment condemned as an attack on democracy itself.

Turnout as of 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) was 23%, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said. Some 15.3% of voters had cast absentee ballots by Friday, according to government data.

Polls close at 8 p.m. (1100 GMT), when media exit poll results are expected.

"I wanted to vote for a party that has been stably in power," said Miu Komuro, a 31-year-old who voted for the LDP in the eastern Tokyo area of Edogawa, adding that Abe's death came as a shock.