Former Japanese foreign minister Kishida set to run for PLD – Sankei
Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to run for the leadership of the ruling party when incumbent President Yoshihide Suga’s current term ends in September, the Sankei newspaper reported on Monday.
Kishida is likely to officially announce his candidacy when the date for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership race is set, the newspaper said, citing several unnamed sources. The party will decide on Thursday when to hold the race, with the most likely date being September 29, the newspaper said.
A PLD-backed Suga ally lost a mayoral race in Yokohama on Sunday, Japanese media reported, in a blow to the first Suga, who saw his popularity drop due to his handling of the COVID pandemic. 19. Suga’s low ratings have intensified calls within the PLD to choose a new face in the party’s leadership race ahead of the general election due by October 21.
Kishida was seen as a strong contender for the lead role in the LDP. Former General Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi and ruling party cadre Hakubun Shimomura have also expressed interest in running, according to media reports.
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