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Shinzo Abe

Abe's house of cards: Death leaves largest party faction in limbo

Japan's most powerful political bloc could shift to collective leadership

The death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left his ruling party faction scrambling to find a successor.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Nearly a week after an assassin took the life of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the ruling party faction he led has yet to zero in on a possible successor.

The largest faction in the Liberal Democratic Party, known as Seiwa-kai, is scrambling to maintain unity. But Abe's murder left the group with little time to select and groom a suitable successor, putting it in a precarious position.

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