Abe’s ruling party is expected to win a majority
NHK public broadcasters and other media outlets claimed a simple majority, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party winning 125 seats, or half of the upper house. This is considered a great achievement for Prime Minister Fumia Kishida, who will be able to rule the country smoothly by 2025. Abe, one of Japan’s most influential leaders, was shot dead while delivering a speech at an election rally on Friday. The incident came as a shock to people in Japan, one of the safest countries in the world, where there are strict gun control laws.
The attack took place during the election campaign in Nara city.
Minutes after Abe began his speech in the western part of the country, the assailant opened fire on Abe. Abe was taken to a hospital, but he was unable to breathe and his heart stopped beating. Police have arrested Tetsuya Yamagami, a former member of the Japanese Navy, on the spot.
The assassination of Shinzo Abe shook the whole country
Abe’s assassination shook the country ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary elections, raising questions about whether the former prime minister was given adequate security. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his cabinet ministers returned to Tokyo after disrupting other election campaigns across the country. Prime Minister Kishida called the attack cowardly and barbaric.