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Assembly member to quit to focus on saving money

Date Posted: 2006-02-24

Uruma City, a newly formed municipality last month, has 83 City Assembly members, but needs only 38.

The 83 members, all assemblymen when Uruma City was created by merging Ishikawa City, Gushikawa City, Katsuren Town and Yonashiro Town. Despite budget woes, none of the assemblymen want to give up their seats, angering residents.

Citizens are rallying and calling for an election recall to oust enough assemblymen to reach the necessary 38, and one Assembly member says he’ll step down to help make changes. Paiga Teruya says he’s thinking about Uruma City’s situation, and “I will quite the Assembly and work for the recall election. I love this city, and we have to make it a healthy one.”

Teruya says he “can see and understand the city’s financial situation is very tight, and every member should be on notice about this problem.” He notes the 83 Assemblymen have a year to go on the payroll as a result of their pre-merger elections, but says “it’s nonsense! How can the city survive to pay for these people?”

Teruya is joining forces with citizen groups calling for a recall election soon, but thinks “Assembly members should respond to residents’ concerns and demands.”

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