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Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, became the leader of the intraparty faction that was formerly led by the late Wataru Takeshita, after his appointment at a general meeting of the faction Thursday.

The faction is the third-largest group in the LDP, with 51 members, after the factions led respectively by Shinzo Abe and Taro Aso, both former prime ministers.

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