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Meet Yuriko Koike -- Tokyo governor, leader of new Party of Hope

In a challenge to Abe, ex-defense minister throws her hat in national politics

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike attends a news conference to announce the name of new political party at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on Sept. 25. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- She enthralled the public by rebelling against the ruling party and pulling off sweeping electoral victories. But Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike had been coy regarding the question on everybody's mind: Will she return to national politics?

The Japanese public finally got an answer on Monday as she announced she will lead a new national party named Kibo no To, or "Party of Hope," that will challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a general election next month. 

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