TOKYO, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The convention of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Sunday formally endorsed current President Ichiro Ozawa's reelection as the party chief.
On Sept. 8, Ozawa was reelected for a third term in the wake of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's surprise resignation announcement onSept. 1, which has raised the possibility that the ruling bloc of the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito party, may seek a snap election under a more popular leader.
Ozawa, 66, became the chief of the DPJ in April 2006 when SeijiMaehara stepped down over a faked e-mail message scandal. He was elected as president of the DPJ in September 2006 after serving out Maehara's term.
The DPJ, formed through the merger of four political parties in1998, is now standing an increased chance of taking power as it assumed dominance in the House of Councillors last year.