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Japan after Abe

Japan's fractured opposition unites as party of 140-plus lawmakers

Leader Edano pledges to offer a viable alternative with eye on general election

Yukio Edano, left, was elected Sept. 10 to lead the new Constitutional Democratic Party. (Photo by Karina Noka)

TOKYO -- Japan's jumble of opposition parties are poised to present a united front by creating a party with more than 140 lawmakers, seeking to offer a clear alternative for those dissatisfied with the country's current leadership.

The new Constitutional Democratic Party, to be formed officially next Tuesday, will consist of nearly all members from the existing party of the same name, as well as most of the current Democratic Party for the People and many independents, including former Prime Minister Yoshihiro Noda. Both existing parties will be dissolved.

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