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2020 Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) leadership election

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President before election

Shinzo Abe

Elected President

TBD

The 2020 Liberal Democratic Party of Japan leadership election will be held around 15 September 2020 that is to be determined to elect the next president of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan for a 3-year term. Initially scheduled to be held in September 2021, incumbent party president and the longest-serving Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, suddenly resigned on 28 August 2020, citing recent health concerns.[1][2][3]

Background[edit source | edit]

Following several hospital visits which launched speculation into his health,[4][5] incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced during a press conference on 28 August 2020 that he would resign before the end of his final term in office due to a resurgence of his chronic ulcerative colitis. During the press conference, Abe announced that as a result the LDP is preparing for a leadership election to choose his successor, and that he would not endorse any specific candidate. [1][2][3]

Procedure[edit source | edit]

There are two ways of which the president could be elected in the leadership election: the first would be an open election in which voting power is given to both party members and members of the National Diet. Each would receive half of the voting power to elect the new president. The other method would allow the vote to be restricted to the Diet members and representatives from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures, which would add up to 535 electors.[6] The party has yet to announce which option it will choose.

Timeline[edit source | edit]

2020[edit source | edit]

  • 28 August - Shinzo Abe announces his resignation as Prime Minister and party president. He will remain on until a successor is chosen.[1][2][3]
  • 29 August - Liberal Democratic Party announced the election will took place around 15 September.[7]

Candidates[edit source | edit]

Confirmed[edit source | edit]

Speculative contenders[edit source | edit]

Declined to be candidate[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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  7. In race to replace Japan's Abe, loyalist Suga emerges as strong contender
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