Japan party vote to replace PM Abe set for Sept 14

TOKYO (HRNW) – Japan’s ruling party will vote September 14 on a replacement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the country’s longest-serving premier, who is resigning for health reasons, local media reported on Tuesday.

An official announcement from the Liberal Democratic Party is expected either later Tuesday or Wednesday, but a decision on a limited vote that will exclude rank-and-file members has already been approved.

Candidates will be required to register their run on September 8, with campaigning immediately after.

The LDP election is for the party leadership, with a parliamentary vote for prime minister following on September 16, reports say. Opposition candidates are expected to stand, but the vote is seen largely as a formality that will endorse the ruling party’s new leader.

A leadership contest would usually poll ruling party lawmakers and LDP members nationwide.

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