Japanese cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga has decided to enter the race to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kyodo News reported this.
Suga, the government’s chief spokesman and Abe’s right-hand man since 2012, plans to take on the role of chair in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the message said referring to a person who is not news agency has been made public.
The party could vote around September 15 to choose a successor to Abe, Kyodo writes.
Abe announced on Friday that he would step down for health reasons. He said he would stay on until LDP leaders have an internal vote on who will succeed him.
The general elections are not scheduled for October next year.