Prime Ministerial Candidate Noda Proposes Grand Alliance With Opposition Parties

Prime Ministerial Candidate Noda Proposes Grand Alliance With Opposition Parties
Yomiuri Shimbun: 野田氏、自公との大連立目指す意向…TV番組で
1:23 PM August 13, 2011

Financial Minister Noda reiterated on Tokyo TV this morning that he plans to run for Prime Minister after Mr. Naoto Kan resigns from office and added that he would pursue an alliance with the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeitō in order to create a “Cabinet to Save the Country”.

With the announcement by Mr. Noda, an influential candidate, that he would seek a grand alliance in order to gain the government a new mandate, inter-party debates about the nature of cooperation between the ruling and rump parties are sure to be more spirited both before and after the new Prime Minister is chosen.

Mr. Noda said, “The parties should speak to each other openly and create a cabinet to save the country. If there isn’t an alliance, the government can’t make progress. We in the majority party must bow our heads and knock on the front doors of the minority parties to ask them for help.

At a press conference after the television program, he said “I’d like to make policies that address the concerns the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeitō voice in three-party talks.” The goal of the grand alliance would be “to revive the Tōhoku reconstruction efforts and resolve the cleanup and control of the nuclear accident.”

Original/原稿:

野田氏、自公との大連立目指す意向…TV番組で

 野田財務相は13日午前のテレビ東京の番組で、菅首相の後継を選ぶ民主党代表選に出馬する意向を改めて示し、自民、公明両党との大連立による「救国内閣」を発足させる考えを表明した。

 有力候補と目される野田氏が大連立による新政権を目指す姿勢を明確にしたことで、代表選では与野党協調のあり方を巡る議論が活発になりそうだ。

 野田氏は「与野党が胸襟を開いて話し合い、救国内閣を作るべきだ。連立でないと政治が前進しない。野党の皆様に頭を下げ、正面玄関からノックしてお願いするところから始めなければいけない」と述べた。

 番組後には記者団に、連立相手について、「3党協議をやってきた自民党、公明党のご意見を踏まえて対応したい」と語り、大連立の目的を「東日本大震災からの復旧復興、原発事故の収拾など当面の課題を乗り越えるためだ」と指摘した。
(2011年8月13日13時23分 読売新聞)

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