Tokyo, September 3: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga officially declared that he will run for the leadership of the ruling party Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), making him the top contender to take over from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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A longtime aide to the outgoing prime minister, Suga informed reporters on Wednesday that he was entering the leadership contest to avoid a political vacuum in a time of crisis. Shinzo Abe, who was serving as the Prime Minister of Japan for the last eight years, stepped down from his position last week due to deteriorating health.

Yoshihide Suga Officially Declares He Will Run For Leadership of LDP:

The other front runners in the race for the PM are Shinjiro Koizumi, the son of Japan's one-time popular Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Seiko Noda, a critic of Abe and one of the tallest women leaders of Japan and Taro Aso.

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