TOKYO, September 8, AZERTAC
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was returned unopposed as president of the Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, underscoring the broad support he enjoys within the ruling party after winning three parliamentary elections under his second leadership, according to Kyodo News.
The result came as potential rival and senior LDP lawmaker Seiko Noda did not file candidacy for the top party post after failing to muster the support of 20 party lawmakers required to run in the race to challenge Abe.
Abe's current term as LDP president expires on Sept. 30. With his retaining the post, his term will last three more years until the end of September 2018.