LDP Leadership Election Set for Sept. 20

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided Tuesday to hold a presidential election on Sept. 20, the first contest for the party's leadership in six years.

The election is likely to be a one-on-one battle between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will run for a third straight term, and former Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba.

The party's General Council approved the schedule decided by the presidential election board.

The party will accept applications from candidates on Sept. 7, marking the start of the campaign period.

Abe won his second three-year term without contest in the previous 2015 election.

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