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Japan LDP execs agree on simplified format to pick next PM - Nikai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Executives of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed on Tuesday to hold its leadership race in a slimmed-down format to choose the successor of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said.

A formal decision will be made at the party’s general council gathering later in the day, he added.

“We must elect a new leader as soon as possible to avoid creating a political vacuum,” Nikai told reporters. “There was no objection to my view at the meeting.”

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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