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Voter rebuke of Suga likely pushes back Japan's general election

LDP heads toward picking leader in September after Sunday's Yokohama loss

The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's cabinet continues to slump amid dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the pandemic.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is increasingly unlikely to call for an early snap election, with his ruling Liberal Democratic Party expected to vote on its next leader in September following Sunday's setback in the Yokohama mayoral race.

Hachiro Okonogi, who had been supported by Suga and the LDP leadership, lost to opposition-backed Takeharu Yamanaka in the Yokohama election. Suga's home district covers parts of Yokohama, where he served on the city council before winning election to the lower house.

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