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Newly elected Liberal Democratic Party President Fumio Kishida became Japan’s 100th prime minister on Monday, taking the reins of a country battling the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing number of security threats. On top of this, there is a looming general election that he must successfully lead his party through.

Kishida was elected in both houses of the Diet on Monday. The new prime minister told reporters Monday evening that he will dissolve the Lower House on Oct. 14 and hold a general election on Oct. 31.

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