Koichi Kato, who has stirred up a power struggle within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said he will do “everything possible” short of quitting the party to bring about the downfall of Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

Kato, a former LDP secretary general who covets the prime ministership, said in an interview with Kyodo News that he will base his actions “on the assumption that I will not leave the LDP.” However, he said he will not rule out abstaining or voting in favor of a no-confidence motion the opposition parties plan to submit to the Diet.

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