Tokyo, Sep 25: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Monday announced that she will form a new party with a aim to step into politics at the national level.
Koike, a former minister of thr ruling Liberal Democratic Party, could now pose a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the upcoming elections, after her regional Tomin First Party swept the metropolitan assembly elections in July, Efe news reported.
Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Koike said she would carry forward the Tokyo model to the national political sphere.
The Governor also said her team is working on its programmes and policies which will be officially revealed on September 27.
Meanwhile, Abe announced dissolution of the lower house of parliament ahead of General Elections.
Although without an official programme, Koike announced that the principles of the Party of Hope will be based on five broad pillars.
Following her unexpected election earlier this year as Tokyo Governor — considered the second-most important political position in the country after the Prime Minister — Koike has increasingly been seen as a strong contender to Abe at the national level.