Abe Likely to Retain LDP Secretary-General Nikai

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen keeping Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai in the post in a reshuffle of his cabinet and the leadership team of the ruling party planned for Sept. 11, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

Abe is also expected to retain Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, both key figures in the cabinet, in an effort to stabilize his administration.

Meeting at the LDP headquarters on Tuesday, Abe and Nikai apparently exchanged views on the planned reshuffle. After the meeting, Nikai said that he "has no particular interest" in whether he will be retained or not.

Since taking the executive post at the LDPin August 2016, Nikai has been consistently supporting the Abe administration partly by leading efforts for a revision of LDP rules to allow party presidents to serve for up to three straight three-year terms, for nine years in total. He has also indicated his hope of enabling Abe to stay in the post for a fourth term.

Abe's current third-straight term as LDP president is set to end in September 2021.

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