Japan ruling party set for strong election showing after Abe killing

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By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese voters went to the polls on Sunday for an upper house election in which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) may receive a surge of support after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a leading statesman and party power broker. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving modern leader, was gunned down on Friday during a speech in support of a local candidate in the western city of Nara – a killing the political establishment condemned as an attack on democracy itself. Elections for seats in parliament’s less powerful upper house are typically see…

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