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One day after winning re-election in a sweeping victory as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi said he is confident that his plan to form a new tripartite coalition with the Liberal Party and New Komeito has been endorsed by his party colleagues.

“I won the confidence of a majority of Diet members and nearly 70 percent of LDP (rank-and-file) members,” Obuchi told a news conference at party headquarters. “I believe that it means I gained understanding about this policy (of forming the coalition).”

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