SDP to Quit Japan's Ruling Coalition
    2010-05-30 15:30:07     Xinhua      Web Editor: Sun Yang
 
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) decided Sunday to depart from Japan's tripartite ruling coalition following the dismissal of SDP leader Mizuho Fukushima from the cabinet Friday.

The decision was made at a meeting of local chapters' secretaries in Tokyo one day after Fukushima voiced her intention to propose that the SDP leave the tripartite government coalition led by Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

"If the SDP plays a role in building a new base in Okinawa, we would betray people's trust," Fukushima told reporters after the meeting.

The local chiefs lauded her decision not to stay in the coalition government, she said.

"The SDP will make full efforts to establish a new style of politics," she added.

Kiyomi Tsujimoto, one of its lawmakers and a senior vice minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, will also quit the cabinet, according to the SDP.

On Friday, Hatoyama sacked Fukushima as the consumer affairs minister from his cabinet as the SDP chief refused to sign the cabinet resolution on the issue concerning the relocation of the U. S. Futenma base.

The tripartite coalition was launched in September last year after the DPJ won a landslide victory in the historic lower house election in August, putting an end to more than 50 years of almost uninterrupted rule by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

A handsome victory as it was, cooperation with the two allies is needed for the DPJ to control the less powerful upper house to ensure smooth legislation.

The DPJ and its two smaller allies -- the SDP and the People's New Party (PNP) -- thus agreed to launch a tripartite coalition government in a party chief meeting attended by DPJ President Hatoyama and his SDP and PNP counterparts Fukushima and Shizuka Kamei.
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