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Japan election

Fumio Kishida elected as new leader of Japan's ruling LDP

Former foreign minister set to become new prime minister ahead of autumn election

Fumio Kishida poses for a picture at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters after he was elected as the party president in Tokyo on Sept. 29. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, won a four-way race to lead Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday, setting him up to succeed Yoshihide Suga as prime minister and take the party into a general election this autumn.

The contest went to a runoff after none of the four candidates got a majority in the first round of voting involving the LDP's 382 lawmakers and its 1.1 million rank-and-file members. Kishida, 64, will be formally elected as prime minister in a parliamentary session scheduled to begin on Oct. 4.

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