More than 70 percent of rank-and-file members of the Liberal Democratic Party want Shinzo Abe to be the next LDP president, according to a recent Kyodo News survey.

The outcome, combined with earlier predictions the chief Cabinet secretary has about 80 percent of the LDP’s Diet members in his pocket, means he is certain to win the party’s Sept. 20 leadership election, effectively making him the next prime minister.

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