TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida officially announced on Tuesday that he would run for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election to choose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor.
Abe said on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis ending his tenure as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
The president of the LDP is virtually assured of being prime minister because of the party’s majority in parliament’s lower house.
Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Kim Coghill
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