Japan mulls picking new prime minister on Sept. 17

apanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves after a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 28, 2020. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a press conference Friday that he would step down from his post due to health concerns. (Photo: Xinhua)

TOKYO -- Japan is considering to hold an extraordinary parliamentary session on Sept. 17 to pick the country's new prime minister to succeed Shinzo Abe, local media reported on Sunday.



According to public broadcaster NHK, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is expected to decide when and how to choose its next leader in a General Council meeting on Tuesday.



Meanwhile, LDP top officials are making final arrangements to have its members in both houses of the Diet meet around Sept. 13-15 to choose the party's president. Then, the party plans to call an extraordinary parliamentary session to elect the new prime minister on Sept. 17, according to the report.



Currently, LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Fumio Kishida, and former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba have shown interest in running in the party's presidential race. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is also seen as a potential candidate.


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