Shinshinto, the largest opposition party, may postpone its scheduled Dec. 18 election to select a new party leader as negotiations with the Komei group remain stalled over Komei’s decision to cancel its earlier plan to merge with Shinshinto, party sources said Thursday.

Incumbent Shinshinto leader Ichiro Ozawa was expected to announce his bid for a second two-year term as early as today, when the current extraordinary Diet session comes to a close. So far, only Lower House member Michihiko Kano has indicated that he will challenge Ozawa in the party race.

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