RESIGNED. TAKAKO DOI, 74,
as chairwoman of Japan's Social Democratic Party (sdp) after her party lost 12 of its 18 seats in last week's parliamentary elections; in Tokyo. The sdp, which in 1991 changed its name from the Japan Socialist Party, was the most powerful postwar opposition party and a staunch defender of the pacifist constitution. Doi led the Socialists' late-1980s resurgence and was considered a possible contender for Prime Minister, but recent scandals and defections to the Democratic Party of Japan weakened the sdp.
SWORN IN. MAUMOON ABDUL GAYOOM, 65, for a sixth term as President...
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