Governor of Osaka Prefecture to Resign and Run for Mayor of Osaka City

Governor of Osaka Prefecture to Resign and Run for Mayor of Osaka City
Yomiuri Shimbun: 橋下知事が21日に辞職表明、くら替え出馬へ
October 20, 2011

After the Osaka Prefectural Legislature adjourns on the 21st, Governor Tōru Hashimoto plans to submit his resignation to Speaker Hitoshi Asada.

Without completing his term, which concludes on February 5, he will leave office on the 31st and run for Mayor of Osaka City in the November 27 election.

The elections for the governor’s and mayor’s offices will be held on the same day. However, prefectural legislators from the Liberal Democratic Party are protesting Hashimoto’s early resignation; if they refuse to attend tomorrow’s meeting, the resignation announcement could be delayed until late at night.

The Prefectural Legislature plans to adjourn at 1:00 PM and vote on a budget revision and other bills. Governor Hashimoto plans to make sure the bills pass, then announce his resignation to Speaker Asada.

According to the Local Autonomy Law, the prefectural legislature’s consent is necessary for the governor to leave office within 30 days of submitting his resignation to the Speaker. Some representatives, particularly those of the Liberal Democratic Party, are saying they “will not simply accept his resignation,” but the Osaka Restoration Group, the majority party whose leader is Governor Hashimoto himself, is expected to consent and let the measure pass.

Original/原稿:
橋下知事が21日に辞職表明、くら替え出馬へ

 大阪府の橋下徹知事は21日、府議会の議案採決後、浅田均議長に辞職願を提出する。

 来年2月5日の任期満了を待たず、今月31日付で退任し、11月27日投開票の大阪市長選にくら替え出馬する構えだ。

 辞職に伴う知事選の投開票日も、市長選と同日になる見通し。ただ、自民党府議らが任期途中での辞職に反発しており、議会が空転すれば、辞職表明が深夜にずれ込む可能性もある。

 府議会は21日午後1時から本会議を開き、補正予算案などを採決する。橋下知事は議案成立を見届け、浅田議長に辞職を申し出るとみられる。

 議長への辞職願から実際に退任するまでが30日以内となるため、地方自治法の規定で辞職には議会同意が必要になる。議会側からは「簡単には辞職を認められない」(自民府議)などの声が上がっているが、過半数を占める大阪維新の会(代表・橋下知事)の賛成で同意される見通しだ。
(2011年10月20日22時08分 読売新聞)

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