How possible successors stack up if Prime Minister Abe resigns
Monday, 24 August 2020
Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday, as concerns grew over his ability to continue in his post, because of health issues and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis. If Abe is incapacitated, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as finance minister, would take over temporarily. If Abe resigned, he would stay on until formally replaced, which would require the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to elect a new leader, who would then be formally elected in parliament. Here are details of some likely contenders to take the helm of the world’s third-largest economy. TARO ASO Finance minister Aso, 79, who also doubles as deputy prime...
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