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Ruling coalition secures absolute stable majority in lower house election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares for a news conference following reports on his party's victory in the House of Representatives election, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Oct. 22, 2017. (Mainichi)

The ruling coalition has secured at least 261 seats -- an absolute stable majority -- in the House of Representatives following the Oct. 22 general election.

The figure is well above a simple majority of 233 seats in the 465-seat chamber -- the level at which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the victory-or-defeat line for the governing bloc comprising the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito.

An absolute stable majority allows a political party or bloc to chair all standing committees in the chamber and secure a majority of seats in all of these panels.

The general election was called after Prime Minister Abe dissolved the powerful chamber on Sept. 28.

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