Japan ruling coalition set to win election marred by Abe killing

Japan’s ruling coalition is projected to keep its majority in the upper house of parliament in an election held in the shadow of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), of which Abe was a senior figure, and its junior coalition partner Komeito were on track to win between 69 and 83 seats out of the 125 contested in Sunday’s vote, according to NHK exit polls.

Analysts had predicted Abe’s assassination might boost the prospects of the LDP led by Kishida, an Abe protege.

Official results are expected on Monday.

Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports.

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