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All LDP prefectural chapters to hold presidential primaries 

  • September 4, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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According to Yomiuri, all 47 prefectural chapters of the ruling LDP plan to hold preliminary votes to decide which of the three candidates – Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, former Foreign Minister Kishida, and former Secretary General Ishiba – their three delegates will support in the party presidential election to be held on Sept. 14.  


Nikkei and Mainichi ran similar stories. Mainichi speculated that as the party leadership led by Secretary General Nikai decided to hold an abbreviated race to avoid creating a  “political vacuum,” senior officials of local LDP chapters are afraid that rank-and-file members may choose not to campaign proactively for LDP candidates in the general election to be held in October 2021 at the latest unless they are given an opportunity to express their views on who should succeed Prime Minister Abe. 

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