Seeking to solidify the base of his ruling coalition, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on Wednesday officially proposed to New Komeito leader Takenori Kanzaki that the No. 2 opposition party join the alliance.

“We’d like to establish a solid and stable government with New Komeito’s participation in the Cabinet,” Yoshiro Mori, secretary general of Obuchi’s Liberal Democratic Party, quoted the prime minister as saying.

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