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Over 70 Pct of LDP Lawmakers Favor Suga as Next Leader

Over 70 Pct of LDP Lawmakers Favor Suga as Next Leader

   Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the front-runner in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's upcoming leadership election, has secured votes from over 70 pct of LDP lawmakers, according to party officials and factions.
   In the Sept. 14 election to choose the successor to outgoing LDP President Shinzo Abe, the country's prime minister, 535 votes--394 from party lawmakers and 141 from prefectural chapters--are up for grabs. The campaign period is set to start Tuesday.
   Suga, 71, LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Fumio Kishida, 63, and former Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, 63, will vie for the top party post.
   Kishida and Ishiba have fallen behind Suga in gathering support.
   Suga has secured the backing of almost all of 264 lawmakers who belong to five major LDP factions. He has also won support from over 30 of the 64 nonaffiliated lawmakers in the party.

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