Japan's ruling DPJ moves to suspend Ozawa's membership

21:42, February 14, 2011      

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Executive members of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Monday proposed that its former leader Ichiro Ozawa should be suspended following his indictment over a funding scandal and refusal to leave the party of his own volition.

DPJ Secretary General Katsuya Okada, the DPJ's chief spokesperson said in a press briefing following the DPJ's executive board meeting that whilst there was some opposition to the move, calls for suspending Ozawa eventually triumphed following some parley between some members of the executive body.

"We (the DPJ) decided to submit our suspension recommendation in tomorrow's executive board meeting over an alleged funds violation," Okada said.

"We feel responsibility as a publicly recognized party," Okada said, adding that the suspension could be overturned depending on the outcome of a court case against Ozawa.

Officials proposed suspending Ozawa's membership until his trial in a funding scandal ends, the party said in a statement.

The board has now handed the matter to the party's Standing Officers Council and after Tuesday's meeting, the party's ethics committee will discuss the case and party executives will make a formal decision, Okada concluded.

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