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Japan opposition leader takes swift fall after disappointing tenure

Renho lost lawmakers' support after party's defeat in Tokyo election

Renho, president of the Democratic Party, announced her resignation Thursday.

TOKYO -- Renho assumed the Democratic Party's presidency as a much-needed savior of a struggling political opposition. Yet her fall came quickly after a stinging election loss that has turned even her most trusted lawmakers against her.

"I have created a force that drives the party apart," Renho told reporters Thursday. "After thinking it over for a day, I have come to the conclusion that personal reflection, not decisions on personnel affairs, is in order," she said, announcing that she would step down after less than a year in office.

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