2020 Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) leadership election

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2020 Liberal Democratic Party leadership election

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535 delegates in total
268 or more delegate votes needed to win
  Yoshihide Suga cropped 3 Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan.jpg Fumio Kishida Minister.jpg Gates meets Ishiba 8 November 2007 cropped for Ishiba.jpg
Candidate Yoshihide Suga Fumio Kishida Shigeru Ishiba
LDP MPs 288 79 26
Prefectural votes 89 10 42
Total 377 89 68

Prefectures of Japan gray.svg
Map of Japan by prefecture.

President before election

Shinzo Abe

Elected President

Yoshihide Suga

The 2020 Liberal Democratic Party of Japan leadership election was held on 14 September 2020 to elect the next president of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. This happened three days before the National Diet held a session to elect the new Prime Minister.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga easily won the election.[2] As the Liberal Democratic Party currently controls a majority in the National Diet as a member of the governing coalition, Suga is also expected to succeed Abe as Japan's prime minister.[3]

Background[change | change source]

It was supposed to be held in September 2021, however incumbent party president and the longest-serving Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, suddenly resigned on 28 August 2020, because of health reasons.[4][5][6]

The winner of the race will fill in for the remainder of Abe's term as president. As the Liberal Democratic Party currently controls a majority in the National Diet, the winner of the race will also replace Abe as Japan's prime minister.[7]

Candidates[change | change source]

Declared[change | change source]

Polling[change | change source]

Polling firm/link Date of polling Sample size Fumio Kishida Shinjiro Koizumi Tarō Kōno Shigeru Ishiba Hakubun Shimomura Yoshihide Suga Undecided/NOTA Notes
Mainichi Shimbun/SSRC 9 September 2020 Unknown 36% 44% 20%
Asahi Shimbun 2-3 September 2020 1,130 5% 25% 38% 32%
Nikkei/TV Tokyo 29-30 August 2020 Unknown 6% 14% 15% 28% 11% 26%
Kyodo News 28-30 August 2020 1,050 7.5% 10.1% 13.6% 34.3% 14.3% 20.2%

Results[change | change source]

Results [10]
Candidate Diet members Prefectural representatives Total points
Votes cast % Votes cast % Total votes %
Yoshihide Suga cropped 3 Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan.jpg Yoshihide Suga 288 73.1% 89 63.1% 377 70.5%
Fumio Kishida Minister.jpg Fumio Kishida 79 20.1% 10 7.1% 89 16.6%
Gates meets Ishiba 8 November 2007 cropped for Ishiba.jpg Shigeru Ishiba 26 6.6% 42 29.8% 68 12.7%
Total 394 100% 141 100% 535 100%

References[change | change source]

  1. "Japan's Shinzo Abe steps down as PM due to health concerns". The Asahi Shimbun. 31 August 2020. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  2. Sugiyama, Satoshi (14 September 2020). "Yoshihide Suga set to become Japan's prime minister after winning LDP election". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  3. Landers, Peter; Gale, Alastair (29 August 2020). "Shinzo Abe Will Resign as Japan's Prime Minister, Citing His Health". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 29 August 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  4. "Shinzo Abe: Japan's PM resigns for health reasons". BBC News. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  5. "Japan's PM Shinzo Abe resigns because of ill-health". Al Jazeera. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  6. Sieg, Linda; Takenaka, Kiyoshi (28 August 2020). "Japan's Shinzo Abe steps down as PM due to health concerns". National Post. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. Landers, Peter; Gale, Alastair (29 August 2020). "Shinzo Abe Will Resign as Japan's Prime Minister, Citing His Health". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Suga front-runner in Japan's LDP race as grassroots members excluded from vote". Mainichi Daily News. 1 September 2020. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  9. "Yoshihide Suga launches bid to become Japan's next prime minister". Al Jazeera. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  10. "自民党総裁選結果 菅氏377票 岸田氏89票 石破氏68票". NHK (in Japanese). 14 September 2020. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.