The ruling and opposition parties in Japan will hold a special parliamentary session

Tokyo: Japan's ruling and opposition parties have agreed to hold a three-day special parliamentary session beginning Wednesday, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida set to be reappointed as the country's leader, according to local media. According to reports, Japan's ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its smaller partner Komeito retained a comfortable majority of Lower House seats after the general election on Sunday. On Friday morning, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno delivered the Diet schedule to the ruling and opposition parties.

On the first day of the session, the Liberal Democratic Party will elect a new lower house speaker. According to local media, former party Secretary-General Hiroyuki Hosoda, who leads the major ruling party's largest faction, is expected to be appointed.

The main opposition and second-largest party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, will choose a vice speaker. Yukio Edano, the party's current leader, is expected to resign on the last day of Parliament, after his party lost a number of seats in the most recent House of Representatives election. Kishida's government also intends to hold an extraordinary Diet session later this year in order to pass a supplementary budget for fiscal 2021 that includes new economic measures to aid Japan's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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