Abe to run for third term

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month’s leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term.

Abe spoke to supporters after visiting the grave of his late father, former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe, in the city of Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The prime minister said he has given his all for Japan and its people over the last 6 years. He said he intends to make the decision to continue with the heavy responsibility.

Former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba on Friday announced a long-shot bid to unseat Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as leader of the ruling party in elections next month. Abe is widely expected to win another term as head of the Liberal Democratic Party with Ishiba likely to be his only challenger. Polls suggest the premier is supported by around 70 percent of LDP members. Winning the vote would put Abe on the path to becoming Japan’s longest-serving prime minister ever, AFP reported.

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