On Monday, September 14, Japan will hold elections for the chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), who is to become the country's future prime minister. Voting will take place at the headquarters of the LDP.
The reason for this was the decision of the current head of government, Shinzo Abe, to resign due to deteriorating health.
General Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers Yoshihide Suga, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba are claiming the post of party leader. The parliament will approve the new prime minister on September 16, TASS reports.
Suga is considered the favorite of the current election race. According to forecasts, he can gain up to 80% of the vote.
According to political analysts, the 71-year-old secretary general of the Cabinet, who is one of the closest party supporters of Abe, will continue his course.
The new head of the LDP will hold this post until the end of September 2021, when the term of the resigned prime minister expires. This will be followed by elections for the head of government for a standard three-year term.