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Suga to Retain Nikai as LDP Secretary-General

Suga to Retain Nikai as LDP Secretary-General

   Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--Yoshihide Suga, who was elected new president of the Liberal Democratic Party on Monday, plans to retain Toshihiro Nikai, 81, as secretary-general of the Japanese ruling party, senior party officials said.
   Suga, set to be picked as Japan's new prime minister to succeed outgoing Shinzo Abe in a vote in the Diet, the country's parliament, on Wednesday, is also likely to keep Hiroshi Moriyama, 75, in the post of Diet affairs chief of the party, the officials said. Moriyama is a member of the LDP faction headed by former LDP Secretary-General Nobuteru Ishihara.
   Meanwhile, Suga is expected to appoint Tsutomu Sato, 68, who belongs to the LDP faction led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, as chairman of the LDP General Council, the officials said. Sato is now head of the Commission on the Constitution of the House Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet.
   Suga is set to decide the lineup of new LDP executives on Tuesday before launching his cabinet on Wednesday. He has supported the administration of Abe, who announced late last month his resignation as prime minister and LDP president for health reasons, as chief cabinet secretary for seven years and eight months.
   Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato, 64, a member of the faction led by former LDP General Council Chairman Wataru Takeshita, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Koichi Hagiuda, 57, a member of the faction headed by former LDP Secretary-General Hiroyuki Hosoda, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama, 64, who, like Suga, does not belong to any intraparty faction, have emerged as candidates for new chief cabinet secretary to succeed Suga.

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