Abe rules out fourth term as head of Japan's LDP amid talk of tweaking rules to allow another run
Japan Times -- Mar 15
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Thursday he has no intention of serving another four-year term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party when his third term expires in September 2021.

Abe’s remarks came after some LDP heavyweights hinted at the possibility of changing a party rule to make it possible for him to remain in the post beyond the current limit of three terms.

“Seeking a fourth term is prohibited by a party regulation. It is a matter of course to abide by the rule,” Abe, who returned to power in late 2012, told a Diet committee session.

“As this is my last tenure, I will concentrate on achieving results with full might,” said the 64-year-old, who is set to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister in November this year, surpassing Taro Katsura’s record of 2,886 days in office.

Earlier this week, LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said a fourth term for Abe as head of the party was “fully possible.”

自民党の二階幹事長が12日、安倍総理の総裁任期について「(4選も)十分あり得る」とした発言の波紋が広がっている。安倍総理は14日、国会でこの発言について問われ、「自民党の規約で4選は禁じられているので、ルールに従うのは当然のこと」と述べた。
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