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Japan after Abe

Abe lieutenant Suga and rival Ishiba enter Japan PM race

Ruling LDP to pick new leader by Sept. 15 as Kishida seeks Abe support

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds a news conference on Aug. 26. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japan's next prime minister is to be elected in a special session of parliament to be held as early as Sept. 17, according to plans within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Following Shinzo Abe's decision to step down, the LDP has begun preparations to vote for its next leader by Sept. 15. The party's General Council will meet Tuesday to decide how and when the process will take place.

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