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Kishida wins LDP presidential race

All networks reported this afternoon that former Foreign Minister Kishida was elected LDP president this afternoon in a runoff against Administrative Reform Minister Kono in the LDP presidential election. Kishida won 257 votes in the runoff, while Kono took 170. In the first round of voting, Kishida won 256 votes, Kono obtained 255, former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Takaichi garnered 188, and LDP Executive Acting Secretary-General Noda got 63. The networks said Kishida is set to be elected Japan’s 100th prime minister at an extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Oct. 4. NHK noted that Kishida is scheduled to hold a press conference at around 6 p.m. today as the new LDP president.

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