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The Democratic Party of Japan's power broker, Ichiro Ozawa, has announced he will challenge Prime Minister Naoto Kan in a party leadership vote next month.
Ichiro Ozawa has announced that he will run in the party election with the full support and backing of former Prime Minister Hatoyama.
The 68-year-old former secretary general of the DPJ, is believed to be the mastermind behind his party's historic ousting of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party in last September's general election.
Ozawa stepped down as the DPJ's No. 2 along with the party leader Hatoyama, due to a political fund scandals in June, but remains a widely influential figure within the ruling party.
Taking over in June, Kan's term as the DPJ leader will end later next month. The Party decided to hold an election on September 14th.
The Prime Minister of Japan is nominated by political parties and elected by both houses in parliament.
|The Democratic Party of Japan's power broker, Ichiro Ozawa, |
has announced he will challenge Prime Minister Naoto Kan in
a party leadership vote next month.(File Photo)
The head of the ruling bloc who has the majority in parliament will generally become the Prime Minister.
Ozawa is said to have been testing the waters around the DPJ leadership post as he is unhappy with the way Prime Minister Naoto Kan is running the government.
If selected, he will become Japan's sixth Prime Minister in three years.