His mandate directing the third world economy has only lasted a year. The son of a strawberry farmer and a school teacher, who began very strong his leadership with a continuist policy from his predecessor Shinzo Abe, has ended up waiving to repeat in the position of Prime Minister of Japan with popularity rates that They have collapsed as they were spending the months.
Yoshihide Suga has announced this Friday its renunciation to be presented to the re-election of the end of the month as a leader of the Democratic Liberal Party (PLD), the ruling party, which has a majority in the diet, the Japanese Parliament. This is translated that the name of it will not appear on the lists of candidates in the general elections that will be convened at the end of the year. The mandate of the lower house ends at the end of October and the elections for the new Parliament must be held as late at the last week of November.
"Participate in the campaign for re-election and manage countermeasures against coronavirus have required a huge amount of energy. I have decided not to postulate for the party leadership elections, since I would like to focus on the measures of the coronavirus," he told the Journalists in Tokyo This 72-year-old political veteran after giving the news of his resignation.
"As I have repeatedly told people, protecting the life and health of people is my responsibility as prime minister, and that is what I will dedicate to me," Suga sentenced, very criticized from public opinion and opposition , which have considered very slowly the response of your Government to the health crisis, both to decree restrictions and low initial vaccination rates.
With the passing of the months and the arrival of new waves of Coronavirus, Japan of Suga ceased to be among the lists of the countries better valued in its fight against the pandemic. Removing and continuously putting states of emergency states in the main prefectures dizzy a people who ended up rejected their own Olympic Games.
Celebrating Tokyo Olympics With the opposition of most Japanese caused the disapproval rates to the management of the Prime Minister, according to state media, up to 30%. Far there were those support rates of 70% at the beginning of the mandate.
Now, Suga is withdrawn leaving a country submerged in states of emergency because of a fifth wave of contagion, the worst since the beginning of the pandemic. "Today, at the Executive Meeting, the President of the Suga Party said he wants to focus his efforts on the measures against the Coronavirus and that he will not be presented to the leadership elections," said Toshihiro Nikai, General Secretary of the PL . "Honestly, I'm surprised, it's really sorry, he went out of his way, but after careful consideration, he made this decision," Nikai continued.
According to the Agency Kyodo News, among the names that are shuffled to present themselves to the elections with the STAMP of the PLD are the former Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida and the former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Sanae Takaichi. Both would have presented their interest in postulating.
The race for the leadership of the Party will be decided on September 29. Legislators and members of the PLD base will choose their new leader. Candidates may start the campaign as of Friday, September 17.Updated Date: 04 September 2021, 09:23