Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) gave the go-ahead for the election of its new leader on Monday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation for health reasons in late August.
The PLD’s new chairman will almost certainly become Japan’s next prime minister as the party controls much of the Japanese House of Representatives, which will hold an extraordinary parliamentary session this Wednesday to appoint the new head of government.
Current government spokesman Yoshihide Suga; former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba; and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida are competing to succeed Abe; However, according to the press and Japanese political analysts, it is the first on this list to start with an advantage.
The new Japanese Prime Minister will take on the role at a crucial time in the country’s history, which is facing a historic recession, due in part to the COVID-19 health crisis, which has already seen 75,646 cases. and 1,448 died.