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LDP heavyweight Takeshita declares support for Ishiba in presidential election

  • August 14, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) General Council Chairman Wataru Takeshita announced on Aug. 12 that he will support former Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba in the party’s presidential election next month. He conveyed this decision to members of the prefectural assembly attending a meeting held in his constituency in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture.

 

The number three LDP faction, the Takeshita faction headed by Takeshita, has effectively decided to allow its members to vote freely in the presidential race. According to participants in this closed-door meeting with prefectural assembly lawmakers close to him, Takeshita said that he “hopes for a lively debate of diverse views.”

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