LDP elections in Japan: Fumio Kishida likely to become next prime minister after winning leadership vote

Kishida received a total of 257 votes, from 249 members of parliament and eight rank-and-file members, to defeat Vaccine Minister Kono, who won a total of 170 votes in the second round.

Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would not run in his party’s leadership elections, effectively handing over the post of prime minister and opening the race to other candidates after a turbulent period of less than a year.

None of the four leadership candidates – Kishida, Kono, Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi, and House Member Seiko Noda – won a majority in the initial vote.

Kishida served as the country’s foreign minister from 2012 to 2017, under Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He is now expected to become prime minister, due to the large majority of the PLD in the lower house. General elections are scheduled to be held later this year.

This is a developing story.

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