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Onaga’s numbers slip, but LDP holds on in Naha City

Date Posted: 2009-07-09

Naha City’s mayor pieced together a coalition for Sunday’s Assembly election, and it held together, giving Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga a solid majority backing for the coming term.

The Liberal Democratic Party, Onaga’s own, picked up 12 of the 40 Assembly seats, while coalition partners, including Komeito Party with seven members, to gain a majority with 24 seats. The opposition scored 16 seats, stealing four away from the mayor’s side. There was a 56% voter turnout, an increase of 2.33% from the previous election.

Only nine of the 40 Assembly seats were filled by newcomers. The remaining 31 were picked up by returning Assembly politicians. Political pundits say it appeared too many of the candidates were playing with policies, and didn’t take stances listening to what the public wanted.

“I believe citizens understood my way of municipal government,” Mayor Takeshi Onaga said, “knowing I would work strongly to make true my pledges.”

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