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Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's party said today that Japan's government is likely to be on hold for at least two weeks until a coalition is stitched together and Parliament reconvenes after general elections.

Government spokesman Seiroku Kajiyama said Parliament probably would convene Nov. 7 to formally re-elect Hashimoto as prime minister, the signal for the government to stop acting on autopilot.

The prime minister's Liberal Democratic Party won 239 seats in Sunday's voting, 12 short of the 251 it needed to govern alone in the 500-seat lower house.

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