Japan's parliament may select new PM on October 4 - government spokesperson

Japan's new Chief of Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato announces new cabinet members at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Thursday the government was considering convening an extraordinary session of parliament on Oct. 4 to select a new prime minister.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to hold a leadership election on Sept. 29 and the winner is all but assured to be next premier because of the party's majority in parliament.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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