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The Social Democratic Party, one of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s two smaller non-Cabinet allies, decided Tuesday to postpone its Dec. 27 party leadership election because nobody stepped forward to toss a hat in the ring.

Earlier in the day, SDP executives failed during a meeting of lawmakers to persuade incumbent leader Takako Doi to enter the race and retain her post. The election’s official registration for candidates closed Tuesday afternoon; nobody turned up to register. SDP Secretary General Shigeru Ito said that a new registration date will be decided later, possibly in January.

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