Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)—Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday extended the maximum party presidential tenure, allowing Prime Minister Abe Shinzō to run in the next LDP leadership election for a term ending in 2021.
At its eighty-fourth regular party convention, the LDP revised party rules to extend the maximum presidential tenure to three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years. The previous limit was two straight terms.
“The LDP will lead concrete discussions toward an envisioned proposal to revise the Constitution,” Abe said in a speech. “That’s the LDP’s historic mission.”
Abe also noted that the LDP gained a majority in the House of Councillors for the first time in 27 years in last year’s election.
The party will work even harder after four consecutive victories in national elections, Abe said, stressing his determination ahead of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election in July and the next House of Representatives election.
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