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Japan's ruling LDP to hold leadership vote on Sept 14 to pick Abe successor

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will almost certainly become prime minister because of its majority in the lower house of parliamen

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Shinzo Abe | Japan

Press Trust of India 

Shinzo Abe. (Photo: Bloomberg)
Shinzo Abe stepped down on Friday for health reasons. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has indicated he intends to run for leadership of Japan’s ruling party, a source said on Monday, soon after a report emerged that he had won the backing of one of the party’s most powerful factions.

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will almost certainly become prime minister because of its majority in the lower house of parliament, replacing who on Friday said he was stepping down for health reasons.

Public broadcaster NHK said the contest was likely to place around September 13 to 15. Japanese media saying it would be held on September 14.

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First Published: Tue, September 01 2020. 02:57 IST
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