Japanese Prime Minister Suga to skip ruling party leadership elections

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Prime Minister Suga told a press conference that he would not participate in the PLD leadership elections scheduled for September 29.

Noting that he will announce his official statement to the public next week, Suga said the remaining term will be spent on the government’s fight against the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19).

The Kyodo agency said Suga’s official statement would be considered his “de facto resignation from his post.”

According to the public broadcaster NHK, Suga, who met PLD general secretary Nikai Toshihiro yesterday, announced his intention to participate in the elections to his relatives.

A poll by public broadcaster NHK last month found that public support for Suga and his cabinet had fallen to 29%.

That rate was recorded as the lowest public support on record in NHK polls for Suga’s cabinet, which took office in September 2020.

In a poll conducted by the Kyodo agency last month, public support for Suga and his cabinet fell to 31.8%.

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Suga was elected prime minister in intra-party elections after former prime minister Abe Shinzo resigned in August 2020, citing his state of health.

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