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Abe reveals his 'successor list' but keeps up the suspense

Prime minister denies his own ambition and says he wants to see them compete

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned four of his loyal deputies as potential successors.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday denied speculation about his ambition for a fourth term and went on to single out four of his loyal deputies as potential candidates to succeed him.

"I really am not thinking about" a fourth run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election, Abe said in the recording of a television program scheduled to be aired Sunday. "The LDP has a wealth of talent."

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