28 Aug '11, 10pm

Japan's ruling party to elect next prime minister

Japan's ruling party to elect next prime minister

TOKYO: The ruling party of Japan was to elect on Monday the man who will become the country's sixth new prime minister in five years, with no single candidate emerging as a clear favourite. The contest, a bitter factional fight within the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), comes amid public disenchantment over the government's response to the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster and ensuing nuclear accident. The outgoing premier, Naoto Kan, on Friday confirmed his resignation after 15 turbulent months in office, with his approval rating plummeting from a high of 65 percent to just 15 percent, according to media polls. Five candidates, all middle-aged men, spent the weekend jockeying for support among the 398 DPJ lawmakers who will choose the new party president, who will be confirmed Tuesday as the latest prime minister in Japan. It will be the party's third leader si...

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