Rus News Journal

Race for power

Japanese opposition threatens with parliament dissolution
Yesterday in Japan have been summed up the elections which have taken place on Sunday in the parliament upper chamber. They have shown steady falling of popularity Liberally - democratic party, the almost stretch ruling country during half a century: party Dzjunitiro Koidzumi has received 49 mandates, and the main oppositional force - Democratic party of Japan - 50 mandates, thereby considerably having increased the representation in the senate. However, elections did not become for LDP accident. It on - former keeps the majority in the parliament upper chamber thanks to the coalition with party New Komejto the received 11 mandates. Besides, at LDP the majority in the bottom, more influential chamber of parliament which confirms a nominee of the prime minister selected at meeting of fractions of party in power.
nevertheless the obvious success of opposition became a disturbing signal for Dzjunitiro Koidzumi. According to Japanese observers, now it is possible to expect strengthening of attacks to reforms carried out by the prime minister from opposition and opponents of reforms inside LDP. Already yesterday democrats have demanded dissolution of parliament, carrying out of general election and a suspension of realisation of Koidzumi of the unpopular project of pension reform offered by an office. Pension reform along with support by the war government in Iraq became the main reasons of falling of popularity of the party in power.
However, yesterday the prime minister - the minister has declared that he intends to continue reforms, including pension and connected with privatisation of the post service which is carrying out in Japan bank functions. He is assured that shortly results of reforms, and first of all economy recover, will prove its case. It has rejected the opposition requirement about parliament dissolution, has denied possibility of the resignation and has held meeting with allied party Komejto On which has confirmed determination to keep a coalition with it.
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Coalition negotiations in Israel
Yesterday in Jerusalem the prime minister - the minister of Israel and the leader of party in power Likud Ariel Sharon has begun consultations of the leader of the left opposition party Avoda Shimonom Peres concerning creation of the government of national unity. We will remind that one month ago mister Sharon has lost the majority in the Knesseth from - for refusal of a part of its members of the same party to support the plan of liquidation 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza Strip and four of 120 settlements on the Western coast of Jordan. In the circumstances before the prime minister of Israel there was a necessity again to create a coalition with a left-wing party Avoda supporting liquidation of the Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories. In spite of the fact that negotiations between two veterans of the Israeli policy are only at the initial stage and the question on ministerial portfolioes did not rise yet, the basic requirements which have been put forward by mister Peres as a payment for joining to ruling coalition are already known. Shimon Peres wants, that process of a conclusion of the Jewish settlers from the Palestinian territories and that the government of Israel has renewed negotiations with the Palestinian leaders has been accelerated. According to observers, mister Peres also applies for a post of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which it is no time already occupied. However in an environment of mister Sharon there are fears that present Minister for Foreign Affairs Silvan Crazy, having lost a post, will come over to the side of inner-party opposition and by that seriously it will strengthen. The majority likudovtsev is opposed by joinings of a left-wing party to ruling coalition, considering that realisation of the plan of Ariel Sharon about liquidation of the Jewish settlements will lead to a new wave of violence from the Palestinian extremists.
Reuters

results of presidential election in Indonesia
have been published Yesterday the first official results of presidential election which has taken place on July, 5th in Indonesia based on calculation of 60 % of voices. The first place from 33,5 % of voices is occupied with retired general Susilo Bambang Judoeno who in March of this year has retired from a post of the minister - the co-ordinator on policy and safety questions. The president of the country Megavati Sukarnoputri goes on the second place from 26,2 % of voices. The third place (22,6 %) is occupied with retired general Viranto, the former commander of armed forces. The speaker of parliament, Muslim leader Amien Rais has typed 15 %. The five of candidates is closed by operating vice-president Hamza Haz (3,1 %).
Reuters