Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Sadakazu Tanigaki declared Tuesday his candidacy to become party president, vowing to reform and strengthen the former ruling party following its recent electoral drubbing.

“The LDP suffered an unprecedented defeat, (the worst) defeat since the party was established,” Tanigaki said at a news conference. “But the LDP still has a mission to perform for the people. We must rebuild the party and someone must be ready to sacrifice himself . . . or nothing will move forward.”

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