Japanese Prime Minister steps down

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center) waits to answer journalists' questions during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo on August 17, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN – The Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has withdrawn from power, as reported by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. The Prime Minister announced today, Friday, that he will not compete for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in September, and will end his tenure.اضافة اعلان

Japanese broadcaster NHK quoted Suga as saying he would not run for the LDP leadership in September, paving the way for his replacement after only one year in the job.

The party leadership elections are scheduled to take place on September 29, with the winner very likely to assume the role of Prime Minister, as the LDP holds a parliamentary majority.

Suga took office after Shinzo Abe resigned last September for health reasons, and has since witnessed a drop in support rates to less than 30%, coinciding with the country’s exposure to the worst wave of Covid-19 cases before the general elections this year, and his insistence on organizing the Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games also took place in Tokyo this summer, despite the opposition of the majority of Japanese people.

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