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Sadakazu Tanigaki

Tanigaki drops out of LDP leadership race; Ishiba enters

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With a crowded field lining up for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential election, incumbent Sadakazu Tanigaki, seeing declining support, bowed out of the race on Sept. 10.

 

Tanigaki announced he will not seek re-election at a hastily called news conference at party headquarters in Tokyo.

 

“We have come one step away to winning back power,” Tanigaki, 67, said, “but the path toward our party rebirth will be obscured, if many people run.”

 

Tanigaki is believed to have decided that his re-election chances were slim with a number of heavyweight challengers lining up to run. The post is a coveted one with the party leader on track to becoming the next prime minister of Japan if the LDP wins a majority of seats in the next Lower House election.

 

Tanigaki had hoped to run with the support of Nobuteru Ishihara, LDP secretary-general, the No. 2 party post. But negotiations between the two top party leaders broke down, as Ishihara is intent on being a candidat. himself.

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September 10, 2012

Read full article: ajw.asahi.com

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