Japan's House of Representatives has chosen a new Prime Minister to succeed Mr. Takeo Miki,?
Japan's House of Representatives has chosen a new Prime Minister to succeed Mr. Takeo Miki, who resigned as President of the Liberal Democratic Party.
SYNOPSIS: The House met??? on the 17th of December to choose Mr. Takeo Fukuda as his successor.
Mr. Miki had accepted responsibility for an election setback which lost the Liberal Democratic Party its working majority for the first time in 21 years. Mr. Masayoshi Ohira, a rival earlier this year when, efforts were also made to replace Mr. Miki, subsequently threw his support behind Mr. Fukuda. Mr. Ohira succeeds Mr. Fukuda as Foreign Minister and as the younger man, may now hope to succeed him as Prime Minister.
Mr. Fukuda resigned shortly before the recent general election, and as a bitter rival of Mr. Miki's fought an independent campaign. Mr. Miki had fallen out of favour with big business and the L.D.P's right-wing for his investigation into the Lockheed bribes scandal involving L.D.P. members.
The Lower House has 511 seats. With voting along Party lines, Mr. Fukuda received 256 votes, giving him a clear majority over his nearest competitor, Mr. Tomoni Narita, the Chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, who received 122 votes.