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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Tuesday she will step down as president of Kibo no To (Party of Hope) — the opposition force she founded — in a surprise move likely to deal a fresh blow to a struggling party facing tepid support.

Koike’s decision to resign as Kibo no To president came less than a week after the party attempted a fresh start by electing young lawmaker Yuichiro Tamaki as a co-leader to serve alongside the populist governor. Tamaki holds the same conservative position as Koike on revising the pacifist Constitution and beefing up the nation’s national security.

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