Tokyo — Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that he would not seek re-election as leader of a political party less than a year after he became prime minister of Japan, a new leader after his historically unpopular tenure. Paved the way for.
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned due to poor physical condition in August last year, Mr. Suga became prime minister. Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer and a school teacher from the northern countryside, was a behind-the-scenes operator and always looked uncomfortable as a public leader.
Suga, whose approval rate plummeted in the summer amid public dissatisfaction with the coronavirus pandemic and the administration’s response to the Olympics, the day before the surprising announcement that he would resign on September 30, tried to save his leadership. It seemed to be there. ..
When rival Fumio Kishida announced last month that he would be the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, rumors spread that Mr. Suga would dissolve the parliament early and call for a general election. His position.
He also proposed reshuffle of the party and other leadership positions within the party. But in the end, he seemed to decide that there was no longer a viable path, as coronavirus cases hit record highs and hospitals alienated patients in the development of unstable vaccines.
Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the LDP, announced in a statement to reporters on Friday that he would not run for prime minister in the upcoming leader elections in the morning.
Mr. Nikai said instead, “I want to focus on the prevention of coronavirus.” Mr. Suga also informed Mr. Nikai that he had withdrawn plans to reorganize the leadership of party executives.