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Yoshihide Suga became prime minister because he was able to secure the support of the most powerful formal faction leaders in the Liberal Democratic Party, whose members voted for him over rivals Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba, who also lead their own factions. But behind that support from top formal factions are smaller informal groups of supporters of Suga — who is not a member of any faction himself — that helped propel him to become the nation’s leader.

Which Diet groups have long backed Suga?

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