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The Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential race is likely to get a bit more crowded following Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s surprise decision Friday to bow out.

With the incumbent’s withdrawal from the race, a significant obstacle has been removed for members of the Suga administration and other leading LDP hopefuls to enter the contest. Campaigning for the party’s presidential poll officially kicks off Sept. 17, culminating in an election on Sept. 29.

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