Portugal’s ruling Socialists win election but fall short of outright majority

CACILHAS, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 30: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa meets supporters along Rua Cândido dos Reis as he campaigns ahead of the legislative election. Portugal’s ruling Socialists won Sunday’s parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister Antonio Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature. A few weeks ago, opinion polls showed that Costa, with ratings boosted by a strong ec


CACILHAS, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 30: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa meets supporters along Rua Cândido dos Reis as he campaigns ahead of the legislative election. Portugal’s ruling Socialists won Sunday’s parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister Antonio Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature. A few weeks ago, opinion polls showed that Costa, with ratings boosted by a strong ec
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Portugal's ruling Socialists win election but fall short of outright majority

CACILHAS, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 30: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa meets supporters along Rua Cândido dos Reis as he campaigns ahead of the legislative election.

Portugal’s ruling Socialists won Sunday’s parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister Antonio Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature.

A few weeks ago, opinion polls showed that Costa, with ratings boosted by a strong economy, was within reach of a full majority. But the gap narrowed, leaving his Socialist party (PS) stronger than in the 2015 election but still needing allies.

“It’s clear from this election that the PS is reinforced and the allied parties consolidated their positions,” Costa, smiling broadly, told supporters chanting: “Victory! Victory”.

“Since we don’t have a majority alone, we have to find solutions that guarantee stability for the next four years,” he said.

Costa said voters liked the 2015 deal that saw the Left Bloc and the Communists unexpectedly back his Socialists to sideline the right, and that he wanted it to continue, adding that he also meant to negotiate with the upstart People-Animals-Nature (PAN) party.

With most of the votes counted, the Socialists led with 106 seats. That put them in first place, but with only four seats still not accounted for, they cannot reach the full majority of 116 seats in the 230-seat assembly.

The Socialists substantially increased their score from their 86 lawmakers in 2015.

Costa’s minority government has received praise from Brussels and at home for combining fiscal discipline with measures to promote growth after recession and the austerity of Portugal’s 2010-14 debt crisis.

He told supporters he would continue to cut the budget deficit and the debt.

But that could be complicated by his potential allies’ demands.

“These negotiations could be more complex than four years ago when the pact on the left was cemented by their common goal to unseat the right,” said political scientist Antonio Costa Pinto.

“Now the left as a whole has been reinforced. … Obviously they will test the budgetary limits and the economic projections for the next few years,” Costa Pinto said, expecting the negotiations to take a few weeks, now with more participants.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza is likely to demand assurances from the parties that the solution would be a lasting one.

Negotiations are in any case not expected to be as messy or as long as in neighbouring Spain, which still has no government more than five months after elections and is heading for a repeat vote in November.

In 2015, it took less than two months for Costa to reach a deal with leftist allies and be sworn in as prime minister.


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‘Americans are getting bigger.’ FAA to test whether passengers can safely evacuate cramped airplane cabins

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to test later this year whether American passengers can safely evacuate airplanes in an emergency after airlines spent decades adding smaller seats — and more of them — to their planes. A funding bill passed last year gave the FAA the authority to establish minimum airplane seat dimensions. Meanwhile, lawmakers have fretted whether they’re too small for average American travelers, who are getting heavier. “Beside whether I cram my backside into the


The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to test later this year whether American passengers can safely evacuate airplanes in an emergency after airlines spent decades adding smaller seats — and more of them — to their planes. A funding bill passed last year gave the FAA the authority to establish minimum airplane seat dimensions. Meanwhile, lawmakers have fretted whether they’re too small for average American travelers, who are getting heavier. “Beside whether I cram my backside into the
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'Americans are getting bigger.' FAA to test whether passengers can safely evacuate cramped airplane cabins

An evacuation slide for the A380 Airbus is tested at UTC Aerospace Systems in Phoenix, Arizona, July 11, 2014.

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to test later this year whether American passengers can safely evacuate airplanes in an emergency after airlines spent decades adding smaller seats — and more of them — to their planes.

A funding bill passed last year gave the FAA the authority to establish minimum airplane seat dimensions. The FAA said it need to conduct tests to determine if current seats and configurations warrant any changes. Meanwhile, lawmakers have fretted whether they’re too small for average American travelers, who are getting heavier.

“Americans are getting bigger so seat size is important but it’s got to be looked at in the context of safety,” Deputy FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said at a House panel hearing last week.

The average American man has gained almost 10 pounds since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, weighing in at 197.8 pounds in 2016. The average weight of U.S. women has also increased by nearly 7 pounds over that period to 170.5 pounds in 2016, the CDC said.

The FAA’s tests, which will be conducted over 12 days at its Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, will include 720 volunteers who will be asked to evacuate an aircraft cabin simulator under stressful conditions: lights off and with some of the exits blocked. It will also account for travelers flying with small children on their laps, animals and passengers with disabilities.

Lawmakers at at a House hearing on the FAA’s implementation of last year’s bill worried that the smaller seats could be a safety hazard, especially as Americans become heavier.

“Beside whether I cram my backside into the seat getting out would be a really useful thing,” said Rep. Paul Mitchell, a Michigan Republican.

Elwell told lawmakers that the last aircraft evacuation test regulators conducted with people was in Europe with a variant of the Airbus A350 plane last year.

But Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., insisted that tests should occur with Americans — not just Europeans — and that passengers with disabilities should also be included.

“We’re widening out more than the Europeans,” he said, adding: “It would be good to invite me because I have a bad leg.”

Crews must be able to evacuate passengers from aircraft within 90 seconds.


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Japan Airlines introduces ‘child icon’ tool to help passengers avoid sitting near young children

Japan Airlines has introduced a new feature on its booking system to tell passengers where young children will be seated during their flight. During the seat selection process, customers will be shown a “child icon” on seats where a child up to age 2 is booked to be sitting.


Japan Airlines has introduced a new feature on its booking system to tell passengers where young children will be seated during their flight. During the seat selection process, customers will be shown a “child icon” on seats where a child up to age 2 is booked to be sitting.
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Japan Airlines introduces 'child icon' tool to help passengers avoid sitting near young children

Japan Airlines has introduced a new feature on its booking system to tell passengers where young children will be seated during their flight.

During the seat selection process, customers will be shown a “child icon” on seats where a child up to age 2 is booked to be sitting.


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Sen. Joe Manchin will not run for West Virginia governor, ensuring Democrats keep a key seat

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to supporters at a campaign stop ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in Bridgeport, West Virginia, U.S., November 5, 2018. Sen. Joe Manchin will not run for governor of West Virginia, ensuring Democrats will keep a key Senate seat for a few more years. But he said he decided to stay in the Senate after considering “where [he] could be the most effective” for West Virginia. If Manchin left the Senate, his party could have a tough time winning his seat in West Vir


Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to supporters at a campaign stop ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in Bridgeport, West Virginia, U.S., November 5, 2018. Sen. Joe Manchin will not run for governor of West Virginia, ensuring Democrats will keep a key Senate seat for a few more years. But he said he decided to stay in the Senate after considering “where [he] could be the most effective” for West Virginia. If Manchin left the Senate, his party could have a tough time winning his seat in West Vir
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Sen. Joe Manchin will not run for West Virginia governor, ensuring Democrats keep a key seat

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to supporters at a campaign stop ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in Bridgeport, West Virginia, U.S., November 5, 2018.

Sen. Joe Manchin will not run for governor of West Virginia, ensuring Democrats will keep a key Senate seat for a few more years.

The senator declined to challenge Republican Gov. Jim Justice next year, his spokesman said Tuesday. Manchin, considered one of the more centrist members of the Senate, won reelection to another six-year term last year.

In a statement Tuesday, the Democrat said he “loved” his stint as the state’s governor from 2004 to 2010. But he said he decided to stay in the Senate after considering “where [he] could be the most effective” for West Virginia.

“Ultimately, I believe my role as a U.S. Senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century,” Manchin said, highlighting health care, energy and infrastructure as some of his top priorities in the Senate.

His presence is critical for Democrats as they push to take control of the chamber. If Manchin left the Senate, his party could have a tough time winning his seat in West Virginia. President Donald Trump carried the state by about 40 percentage points in 2016.

Republicans currently have a 53-47 edge in the Senate. The GOP has to defend 23 seats next year, while 12 Democratic seats are up for grabs.

Manchin stands among the Democrats most likely to vote with Trump’s priorities and confirm his Cabinet and judicial nominees. He has angered liberals by siding with the GOP on some abortion-related bills and by voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year. The senator has also done more to boost the flagging coal industry — which has a major presence in his state — than many Democrats would like.

Still, he has served as a buffer for his party against Republican legislative priorities. Manchin voted against a GOP plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 as the measure failed by only one vote.

The senator has touted his ability to work with Republicans, most recently in an effort to revive gun background check legislation authored with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

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Republican megadonors Sheldon Adelson and wife give a whopping $213,000 to Senate GOP fundraising committee

The GOP will defend 22 Senate seats next year. Republican strategists, however, tried to brush off the donation as only a sign of the Adelsons being consistent, big-dollar supporters. “Very consistent supporters,” Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told CNBC. The Adelsons had been relatively quiet so far in the current election cycle. The two combined to give over $120 million to Republican causes throughout the 2018 congressional midterm cycle.


The GOP will defend 22 Senate seats next year. Republican strategists, however, tried to brush off the donation as only a sign of the Adelsons being consistent, big-dollar supporters. “Very consistent supporters,” Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told CNBC. The Adelsons had been relatively quiet so far in the current election cycle. The two combined to give over $120 million to Republican causes throughout the 2018 congressional midterm cycle.
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Republican megadonors Sheldon Adelson and wife give a whopping $213,000 to Senate GOP fundraising committee

Republican megadonor and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, gave the Senate’s GOP fundraising arm over $200,000 last month as the party works to protect its majority in the chamber during next year’s elections.

Their massive donations came in July, with each writing checks worth $106,500 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a new Federal Election Commission disclosure filed Tuesday.

The early contribution may reflect that the GOP donor class are concerned about the upcoming 2020 elections, with political analysts already labeling at least three seats as toss-ups. The GOP will defend 22 Senate seats next year. The party has a 53-47 edge in the Senate.

The NRSC finished July raising $4.3 million and has $11.7 million on hand.

Republican strategists, however, tried to brush off the donation as only a sign of the Adelsons being consistent, big-dollar supporters.

“Very consistent supporters,” Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told CNBC. “I think it reflects their continued support of Senate Republicans. Not sure I can make any more of it than that.”

The Adelsons had been relatively quiet so far in the current election cycle. They’ve given directly to a variety of candidates, but this six figure donation would mark their highest contribution so far.

The two combined to give over $120 million to Republican causes throughout the 2018 congressional midterm cycle.


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The $1 billion-hop across the pond and the other airline routes that make the most money

The routes that make the most money are those frequented by business travelers, where airlines have been scrambling to add high-end seats at both four- and sometimes five-digit prices. Delta Air Lines last month said it is selling more than 60% of its first class seats, up from about 13% in 2011 — bad news for anyone expecting a free upgrade. American Airlines earlier this month said it finished the installation of premium economy seats on its wide-body fleet. Prices vary but a premium economy s


The routes that make the most money are those frequented by business travelers, where airlines have been scrambling to add high-end seats at both four- and sometimes five-digit prices. Delta Air Lines last month said it is selling more than 60% of its first class seats, up from about 13% in 2011 — bad news for anyone expecting a free upgrade. American Airlines earlier this month said it finished the installation of premium economy seats on its wide-body fleet. Prices vary but a premium economy s
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The $1 billion-hop across the pond and the other airline routes that make the most money

In case the suites and lobster at the front of the plane didn’t give it away, a new ranking shows how high-paying travelers rule the skies.

The routes that make the most money are those frequented by business travelers, where airlines have been scrambling to add high-end seats at both four- and sometimes five-digit prices.

British Airways’ nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport brought in nearly $1.2 billion in revenue in the 12 months ended in March 2019, far and away more than any other route in the world, according to data released this week by aviation statistics firm OAG.

Other high-revenue routes include the less than 90-minute hop on Qantas connection between Melbourne and Sydney, which made the largest Australian carrier $861 million over that period, and United Airlines service between San Francisco and Newark. That flight generated $689 million. Following that was American Airlines’ Los Angeles-JFK route, which brought in nearly $662 million.

In an industry with slim profit margins that scarcely leave the single digits, airlines pour resources into such high-revenue routes, adding new seating because they know they attract corporate accounts and other high spenders.

“Those airlines who have [those routes] will defend them at all costs,” said OAG senior analyst John Grant. “They’ll fight for those passengers and not cancel them.”

Airlines are also trying to get passengers to pay for premium seats, rather than give them away with free upgrades, and they’re getting much better at it.

Delta Air Lines last month said it is selling more than 60% of its first class seats, up from about 13% in 2011 — bad news for anyone expecting a free upgrade. The airline is also getting less than half of its revenue from the coach cabin, compared with about two-thirds six years ago, it said late last year.

JetBlue Airways plans to start service to London from New York and Boston in 2021, using its Mint class to court travelers away from entrenched rivals on the lucrative routes with cheaper premium-class lie-flat seats.

U.S. airlines have also taken a cue from their international competitors in adding a new class in between standard coach and business class known as premium economy, which for a higher fare gets travelers earlier boarding, a roomier seat, a larger entertainment screen and higher-end food, among other perks.

American Airlines earlier this month said it finished the installation of premium economy seats on its wide-body fleet. Prices vary but a premium economy seat can fetch almost three times more than a regular economy ticket. For example, a round trip between New York and London in early September on American was $704 while a premium economy ticket was $1,908.


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American tries to woo business travelers with better seats and faster airport screening

American Airlines is courting international business travelers with priority treatment on the ground as the airline aims to bring in more revenue from the lucrative passengers. These passengers traveling under corporate contracts will also be prioritized during disruptions such as weather or other operational problems. American rolled out those perks in April for corporate travelers booked on American flights. The airline is also planning to allow corporate travelers to book a preferred seat on


American Airlines is courting international business travelers with priority treatment on the ground as the airline aims to bring in more revenue from the lucrative passengers. These passengers traveling under corporate contracts will also be prioritized during disruptions such as weather or other operational problems. American rolled out those perks in April for corporate travelers booked on American flights. The airline is also planning to allow corporate travelers to book a preferred seat on
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American tries to woo business travelers with better seats and faster airport screening

American Airlines is courting international business travelers with priority treatment on the ground as the airline aims to bring in more revenue from the lucrative passengers.

American is extending perks like free access to preferred seats, those toward the front of the coach cabin that generally carry a fee, and priority access for airport security lines, ticket counters and boarding for passengers booked through American on its trans-Atlantic partner airlines British Airways, Finnair and Spain’s Iberia.

These passengers traveling under corporate contracts will also be prioritized during disruptions such as weather or other operational problems. American has been grappling with a host of cancellations this summer from storms, the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max and what it has called an “illegal work slowdown” by the unions representing its mechanics.

American rolled out those perks in April for corporate travelers booked on American flights. The airline is also planning to allow corporate travelers to book a preferred seat on its website and app.

The moves are part of a battle between carriers for important corporate customers, who are generally willing to pay more to book close to the date of travel. American lost some market share to competitors after the Max was grounded in mid-March but bounced back in the middle of the second quarter, the airline’s head of revenue management, Don Casey, said on an earnings call last month.

Since regulators grounded the Max planes after a crash in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March, airlines have been trying to find ways to protect high-paying corporate travelers’ trips by consolidating flights on key business routes.

“On a year-over-year basis, there hasn’t been a very material change in the completion factor for corporate customers,” Casey said American’s call in July. “So, we’ve done a good job of figuring out … what to cancel.”

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The 2019 Honda Passport is the best mid-size SUV

The 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganOn paper, the Honda Passport isn’t particularly impressive. The GoodThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganIf you’re going to borrow parts, borrow good ones. The 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganBut more importantly, it also was a great way to get to the campsite. The BadThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganDespite some more aggressive trim, the Passport loos like a slightly more aggressive Pilot. Final thoughtsThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mac


The 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganOn paper, the Honda Passport isn’t particularly impressive. The GoodThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganIf you’re going to borrow parts, borrow good ones. The 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganBut more importantly, it also was a great way to get to the campsite. The BadThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mack HoganDespite some more aggressive trim, the Passport loos like a slightly more aggressive Pilot. Final thoughtsThe 2019 Honda Passport CNBC | Mac
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The 2019 Honda Passport is the best mid-size SUV

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On paper, the Honda Passport isn’t particularly impressive. The Passport was launched to fill the “white space” in Honda’s lineup between the compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot. Compared to competitors like the Ford Edge and the Chevy Blazer, with their unique designs, it seemed like a chopped-off Pilot wouldn’t be very compelling. But, with bones from its bigger brother, it’s more spacious, smarter and a better value than its competition.

The Good

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If you’re going to borrow parts, borrow good ones. The Passport’s powertrain, which does duty in the larger Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck, isn’t overwhelmed by the Passport’s size. The 3.5-liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower, which the nine-speed automatic handles well. Handling, too, is surprisingly nimble for a big SUV. Steering is light and precise, never feeling bloated or ungainly like some SUVs. The ride is remarkably composed, with wind and road noise adequately hushed. I noticed some tire noise, but Honda outfitted my $44,725 Passport Elite tester with aggressive tires, blacked out wheels, skid plate, and a RoofNest pop-up tent. That’s because Honda wants this to be its adventure machine. The Passport rides higher than the Pilot and has more aggressive styling details, with the hope of wooing adventurous buyers who would otherwise defect to competitors like the Toyota 4Runner.

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Make no mistake, the Passport isn’t built for hardcore rock crawling or off-roading, but it makes easy work of muddy trails to campsites. It’s also cavernous inside, with tons of smart storage cubbies and charging ports to make weekend excursions more manageable. On a two-day camping adventure in Michigan, the Passport was a great choice. The rooftop tent — a $2,595 aftermarket accessory, not a piece of official Honda gear — proved helpful for impromptu adventures, while the Passport itself was big enough to hold three people’s gear while still having room for someone to sleep inside. There was no shortage of places to charge your phone, including a 110-volt household power outlet.

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But more importantly, it also was a great way to get to the campsite. All Passports include Honda Sensing, Honda’s suite of adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. Unfortunately, though, the Passport’s adaptive cruise control will deactivate at slow speeds, making it useless for stop-and-go traffic. Our Passport Elite also packed heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a wireless charging mat, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, remote start and Honda’s premium audio system. The price with all of that kit is $44,725, the top end of the Passport range. While that’s not a small sum, competitors like the Ford Edge and Chevy Blazer can be optioned to over $50,000 while still not offering the usability of the Passport.

The Bad

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Despite some more aggressive trim, the Passport loos like a slightly more aggressive Pilot. If you want the toughest looking, most unique SUV, this really isn’t it. The other downside of it’s Pilot lineage is that the Passport — despite being an all-new model — has some slightly older tech. The adaptive cruise control, as mentioned, does not work in traffic and the collision warning system can be a bit hyperactive. The biggest issue is that the Passport still uses Honda’s old infotainment system. You’ll notice its age. The graphics are cheesy, the responses are slow and the system is far from intuitive. Your best bet is to use CarPlay or Android Auto for navigation and multimedia and then use the physical climate control buttons, essentially bypassing the rest of the system altogether.

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Honda’s push-button shifter is also a point of contention. I got used to it quickly and found it easy to navigate without looking at it, but in an effort to make it usable it also got big. So big, in fact, that it doesn’t seem to save any horizontal space on the center console over a traditional lever. Sure, it’s shorter, but it doesn’t actually free up space for anything useful. Finally, part of the reason that Honda can offer better prices is because it doesn’t offer options that complicate the production lines. You can get the Passport in a variety of trims, but there’s no way to, say, get a moonroof without also having leather seats. More importantly, the Passport simply doesn’t offer some features you might want. You can’t get a panoramic moonroof, there’s no automatic parking and no 360-degree camera. None of that is necessary technology, but if you like gadgets like that, then Honda’s value-first product strategy probably isn’t for you.

How we’d option it

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The different trims are packaged well enough that it’s hard to go wrong, but I see the most value in the Passport EX-L. That gets you leather, CarPlay, power seats, blind-spot monitoring, satellite radio and a moonroof for $37,505 with destination charges. This trim still packs a lot of luxury features without requiring you to pay for things like the frustrating navigation system or the unremarkable premium audio setup. I’d add the $1,900 all-wheel drive system to make the Passport more capable during weekend adventures, which brings our total to $39,405.

Final thoughts

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Abe’s ruling coalition wins majority in Japan polls, but lacks enough seats for reform

Japan Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe at an election campaign rally in Japan. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling coalition party won a majority in the country’s upper house elections on Sunday — but they failed to secure enough votes needed for Abe’s long-held dream of revising the constitution. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, the Komeito Party, won at least 69 of the 124 seats contested in parliament’s 245-seat upper house —


Japan Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe at an election campaign rally in Japan. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling coalition party won a majority in the country’s upper house elections on Sunday — but they failed to secure enough votes needed for Abe’s long-held dream of revising the constitution. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, the Komeito Party, won at least 69 of the 124 seats contested in parliament’s 245-seat upper house —
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Abe's ruling coalition wins majority in Japan polls, but lacks enough seats for reform

Japan Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe at an election campaign rally in Japan.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling coalition party won a majority in the country’s upper house elections on Sunday — but they failed to secure enough votes needed for Abe’s long-held dream of revising the constitution.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, the Komeito Party, won at least 69 of the 124 seats contested in parliament’s 245-seat upper house — with nine seats yet to be called, according to Japanese media reports.

But the coalition fell short of a two-thirds “super majority” — or 85 seats — needed to revise the country’s constitution. The move would allow Japan to further legitimize its military, and end a ban that has kept its armed forces from fighting abroad since 1945, when World War II ended.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-22  Authors: weizhen tan
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Abe’s on track to win at the polls, but he needs to spend more to fix Japan’s economy: Analyst

Japan will go to the polls this weekend, and analysts are expecting the ruling coalition to win again — an outcome that would maintain political stability in the country amid a slowing economy. “According to most polls, it looks like (Liberal Democratic Party) and (Komeito Party) will comfortably retain their majority … the political stability is still going to be there,” Izumi Devalier, head of Japan economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC on Friday. Incumbent Prime Minister Shi


Japan will go to the polls this weekend, and analysts are expecting the ruling coalition to win again — an outcome that would maintain political stability in the country amid a slowing economy. “According to most polls, it looks like (Liberal Democratic Party) and (Komeito Party) will comfortably retain their majority … the political stability is still going to be there,” Izumi Devalier, head of Japan economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC on Friday. Incumbent Prime Minister Shi
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-19  Authors: weizhen tan
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Abe's on track to win at the polls, but he needs to spend more to fix Japan's economy: Analyst

Japan will go to the polls this weekend, and analysts are expecting the ruling coalition to win again — an outcome that would maintain political stability in the country amid a slowing economy.

“According to most polls, it looks like (Liberal Democratic Party) and (Komeito Party) will comfortably retain their majority … the political stability is still going to be there,” Izumi Devalier, head of Japan economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC on Friday.

Incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition — the LDP and its partner, the Komeito party — currently has the upper house majority of 147 out of 242 upper house seats. There are 124 seats up for grabs in the upper house election on Sunday.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-19  Authors: weizhen tan
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