Japan opposition seeks censure against finmin

Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa denied he was drunk at the news conference in Rome.

Japan opposition seeks censure against finmin

Japan's main opposition party said it would seek a parliamentary censure motion against the finance minister if he did not lose his job over an embarrassing performance at a news conference, Jiji news agency reported.

Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa denied on Monday he was drunk at the news conference in Rome but the opposition's No.2 leader demanded he be fired or quit, piling pressure on unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso ahead of an election this year.

"He should resign on his own, or be dismissed. If not, we will submit the censure motion bill," Democratic Party Secretary-General Yukio Hatoyama was quoted by Jiji News Agency as saying.

A censure motion in parliament's upper house, controlled by the opposition, is non-binding but one minister was pressured to resign in the past by such a resolution.

Reuters

Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2009, 12:36
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