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World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM faces postal showdown, could call election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi faces a showdown on Monday that could determine his government's fate, when parliament's upper house votes on bills to privatise the sprawling postal system.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM to call snap election after post defeat - NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will call a snap election, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday after parliament's upper house rejected bills to privatise the postal system -- the core of his reform agenda.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM faces postal showdown, may call election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Expectations were mounting that bills to privatise Japan's vast postal system would be defeated in parliament on Monday, prompting Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to call an election that his divided party could lose.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM calls election after postal defeat

TOKYO (Reuters) - In the biggest gamble of his three-decade political career, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called a September election for parliament's powerful lower house on Monday in hopes of a new mandate for reform.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM to call election after postal defeat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will call an election for Sept. 11, his coalition partner said on Monday after parliament's upper house rejected bills to privatise the postal system -- the core of Koizumi's reforms.

World 04 Sep 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM headed for solid election victory - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's long-ruling party was on track to win a majority on its own in next week's election, media surveys showed on Sunday, the latest sign that his gamble on postal reform was paying off.

World 04 Sep 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM headed for solid election victory - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's long-ruling party was on track to win a majority on its own in next week's election, media surveys showed on Sunday, the latest sign that his gamble on postal reform was paying off.

World 10 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM Premium

Honeymoon over for UK's new Conservative leader

LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's opposition Conservatives is under pressure to prove in May's local elections he can transform his party into a force capable of challenging Tony Blair's Labour Party for national power.

World 25 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM Premium

Taliban turn up heat for NATO mission in Afghan south

KABUL (Reuters) - Three months ago, Britain's then defence minister said NATO-led troops were determined to reconstruct and leave southern Afghanistan without firing a shot.

Nation 08 Apr 2007 | 12:00 AM Premium

Signs clear for big BN win

The voters' sentiment in Machap favours Barisan Nasional's candidate Lai Meng Chong, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.