Suga Declares Candidacy for LDP Presidency

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Wednesday his decision to run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's election to pick its next president, set for Sept. 14.

The poll will effectively select the country's next prime minister to succeed Shinzo Abe, who will resign due to health reasons. Suga is likely to be elected new LDP president as he commands the backing of some 70 pct of over 390 lawmakers of the LDP.

"I will make all possible efforts to continue the steps Prime Minister Abe has promoted with all his body and soul, and take them forward," Suga, 71, told a news conference to declare his bid for the LDP presidency.

"Japan-U.S. relations are a diplomatic linchpin," Suga said, also voicing his eagerness to tackle such pending issues as abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea and constitutional amendment.

"A political vacuum is not allowed at a time when the country is facing tough challenges," he continued.

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