Sunday, December 5, 2021

Kyodo News: Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga to Resign

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to step down, news agency Kyodo reported Friday (3/9). Sources in the party said he would not be running in September’s ruling party chairman election. After only one year in office, Suga’s resignation opens up opportunities for his successor.

Suga took over from Shinzo Abe, who resigned last September due to poor health. Suga saw his support rating drop below 30% as the country struggled to weather its worst COVID-19 wave ahead of this year’s general election.

Elections for party leaders are scheduled for September 29. The winner is confirmed to be prime minister because of the LDP’s majority in the lower house. The government is considering holding elections on October 17.

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Suga planned to reshuffle his party’s cabinet and executive, but the plan is no longer valid, two party sources who asked not to be named told the news agency. Reuters.

Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, is eyeing the position of party chairman. On Thursday, he criticized Suga’s response to the coronavirus and pushed for a stimulus package to fight the pandemic. [ka/ah]

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