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Shigeru Ishiba, minister for regional revitalization, is set to form his own faction with an eye on challenging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party when the party next elects a leader, sources close to Ishiba said Wednesday.

The move comes just a day after Abe was reappointed unopposed as the LDP chief for another three-year term.

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