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Voters favor Taro Kono as PM Suga's successor - poll

Japan's COVID-19 vaccine minister Taro Kono has major support among voters to run for the next prime minister, according to a poll published by the Yomiuri Shimbun on Monday.

The election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is set to take place on September 29, with the winner guaranteed to become the next government head. 23% of voters said they would back Kono to become the prime minister, followed by Ishiba who received 21% support and Kishida who got 12%.

Following Suga's decision on Friday to step down once his term expires later this month, Sanae Takaichi yesterday also secured enough votes within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to join the race to succeed Suga.

Baha Breaking the News (BBN) / ND