A grand coalition between the ruling Democratic Party, which on Monday chose Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as Japan's new premier, and main opposition parties would be difficult to form now, the head of the second-biggest opposition party said.
"We won't flat out oppose one. But realistically thinking, the likelihood of it succeeding is small and there are more factors that are likely to make it fail," Natsuo Yamaguchi, the head of the New Komeito, told Reuters in an interview.
He added that the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, which is calling for a snap election, would not be able to form a coalition with the rival Democratic Party of Japan.
Noda, who was chosen to become Japan's sixth prime minister in five years, faces a divided parliament in which the opposition controls the upper chamber. He must deal with a resurgent yen, find funds to rebuild from the earthquake and tsunami in March, and forge a new energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
ReutersLast Mod: 29 Ağustos 2011, 11:52