Photo taken on August 1, 2008 shows Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda attending a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, capital of Japan. Yasuo Fukuda announced his resignation at a press conference in Tokyo on Sept. 1, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
TOKYO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has formally decided to have the presidential election on Sept. 22 to pick a successor to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, said Takashi Sasagawa, chairman of the LDP's General Council on Wednesday.
And the official campaigns is scheduled to kick off on Sept. 10, Sasagawa said at a press conference.
Taro Aso, secretary general of the LDP, and Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike have indicated their willingness to run for the LDP chief in the election to succeed Fukuda, and in turn assume the premiership, local media reported.
A total of 528 ballots, consisting of 387 ballots from Diet members and 141 from prefectural representatives, will be cast on the election day. And result will be read out later in the day.
Fukuda's resignation leaves uncertainty to ruling party
TOKYO, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced his abrupt resignation Monday evening, sending shockwaves across the nation and incurring criticism. Sluggish public support rate and tough political situation such as the "contorted" Diet finally cornered Fukuda to step down less than one year in office.
As Fukuda recalled at the hastily-convened press conference at his official residence, his Cabinet has never stood on a favorable ground. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was defeated in the House of Councillors election two month before he assumed the premiership in September 2007, costing the ruling coalition's majority in the upper house of the Diet. Full story
Japanese PM announces resignation
TOKYO, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced his decision to resign Monday.
At a hastily-summoned press conference at the prime minister's official residence in the evening, Fukuda said he met a lot of difficulties in his term and called for a new framework to implement policies. Full story