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Mixed opinions on amending LDP rule on presidential term

  • August 5, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers reported that divisions are emerging among LDP lawmakers on Secretary General Nikai’s intention to look into an existing party rule prohibiting the LDP president from occupying the post for more than six years. The top LDP official appears to be willing to amend the rule to allow PM Abe to serve beyond his present term, which expires in September 2018. Potential presidential hopefuls, including former Regional Revitalization Minister Ishiba and FM Kishida, on Thursday expressed displeasure with Nikai’s plan. According to the latest public opinion surveys by Kyodo and Mainichi, more than half of respondents said it is not necessary to extend the LDP presidential term for Abe. 

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