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Seiji Maehara has resigned as leader of the Democratic Party to take responsibility for the disarray following a failed merger with the fledgling force led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.

Maehara said Monday he will leave the Democratic Party and join Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of Hope) . He has already been included in the list of its parliament group, according to the Lower House secretariat.

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