Opposition files no-confidence vs Abe Cabinet over security bills

Baku, September 18, AZERTAC

Five opposition parties submitted a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday over controversial security bills, according to Kyodo.

The parties filed the motion at the House of Representatives as part of their tactics to delay the enactment of the bills, which could enable Japanese troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.

The motion is likely to be voted down at the chamber, where Abe's ruling coalition holds a majority.

The lower house has already passed the bills, which could be put to a vote at the House of Councillors as early as Friday despite strong public criticism that the legislation would undermine Japan's pacifist Constitution.

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