Tomio Okamura’s SPD targets 10 percent in parliamentary elections


The movement Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) led by Tomio Okamura has set a target to get 10 percent of votes in lower house elections to parliament due next year. Okamura set the target during the party’s national congress saying that it would give it the chance of being a decisive dealmaker in the formation of a new government. Okamura told supporters that the elections next year were a last chance for the party to make a breakthrough and ,if it failed, other movements offering radical alternatives would replace it. Okamura’s party, which opposes immigration and highlights the threat of Islam, won around five percent support in recent regional elections with opinion polls putting its popularity at around the same level.