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Former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Friday he will leave the struggling Democratic Party to form a new group, the latest setback for the main opposition party since the abrupt resignation of its leader last week.

“I will leave the party and rise with resolve to set up a new party that can hold power,” Hosono, 45, told reporters after informing members of his intraparty group about his departure.

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