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Japan: New party leader Fumio Kishida - expected to become new prime minister

Japan: New party leader Fumio Kishida – expected to become new prime minister

Yoshihide Suga held the position of LDP leader and prime minister for only one year and Fumio Kishida was one of the candidates for the position after him.

The choice from the outset was between four candidates, in addition to Kishida also Minister of Vaccination Taro Kono and two women, Sana Takaishi for the right and former Feminist Minister for Gender Equality Seiko Noda.

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lost in the party leadership election against Suga last year.

Voted in two stages during Wednesday. In the first round of voting, 382 Liberal Party politicians and a number of party members voted, and as expected, none of the women advanced in it.

In the second round, politicians voted again, and so did a party representative from each of Japan’s 47 regions, with the winner being Fumio Kishida.

Parliament is expected to approve the winner as the new prime minister within a few days.

The position of opinion was unusually even, in part due to the fact that the most influential sections of the party did not stand behind any of the candidates, which means that members are free to vote for their preferred.

The fact that there were two women among the candidates was unusual in a country that had never had a prime minister, with few women in high politics.

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