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Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima, who is also consumer affairs minister in Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s Cabinet, said Wednesday she will seek re-election as party leader.

Although it was widely believed Fukushima would be installed for a fourth term without a vote, there appear to be moves within the party to field an alternative candidate. If anyone surfaces to challenge her, a vote would be held on Dec. 19 and 20 and ballot counting would take place Dec. 21.

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