Polling stations for Japan’s upper house elections open two days after Abe’s assassination

Japanese voters have begun voting for a renewal of half of the Senate seats in an election that was largely overshadowed by the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two days ago at a campaign rally in Nara, western Japan.

The current Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, whose Liberal Democratic Party leads the polls, condemned the “barbaric” attack on Abe, stressing the importance of “protecting free and fair elections, which are the foundation of democracy.”

Source: AFP

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