9/3/2021, 11:42 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Shigeru Ishiba says he's ready to serve as Japan PM

Former Japanese Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba and member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Shigeru Ishiba, insisted on Friday that he stands ready to replace Yoshihide Suga as the new prime minister.

"We have entered a brand new phase. I need to think hard about what to do next," Ishiba told Nippon Television Network, adding that the conditions and political environment need to get right for him to become the government's new head.

The statement comes after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said earlier today he intends to resign from his post as early as this month once his term expires on September 30.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / ND