Mistura says Homs terror attacks attempt to derail Geneva talksWorld February 26, 5:49
Annular eclipse will be visible in South America, Africa on Feb 26Science & Space February 26, 3:24
HNC expects Trump to correct Obama's mistakes in Syria - delegation headWorld February 26, 3:08
War on terror to dominate Geneva talks — Syrian UN envoyWorld February 25, 23:48
Russian skier wins gold in skiathlon at 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsSport February 25, 17:46
Top US Air Force general points to growing conflict potential in Syrian airspaceWorld February 25, 17:17
Iran relies on Russia’s support in production of fuel for nuclear power plantsBusiness & Economy February 25, 16:20
Ukrainian military capture Donetsk water purification plant — spokesmanWorld February 25, 15:05
Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
TOKYO, August 26 (Itar-Tass) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has officially announced his resignation. On Friday he informed about it the leadership of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
The election of a new chairman of the DPJ will be held on August 29.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Maehara has recently entered the struggle for the post of DPJ chairman and Prime Minister. According to opinion polls, Maehara is the most popular politician among the Democrats, ahead of Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda who was earlier considered a favourite of the election race.
According to the Kyodo news agency, the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election to choose the successor to Kan, the current leader of the ruling party, will take place Monday, when only its 398 lawmakers will be eligible to vote. More than four lawmakers, a record number since the party was formed in 1998, including former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, may file for candidacy when campaigning officially begins on Saturday.
After taking office in June last year, the 64-year-old premier has struggled amid low support ratings, a relentless power struggle within the DPJ and the divided Diet, with combative opposition parties controlling the upper house and hampering legislation.
Kan, already Japan’s fifth leader since 2006, said in early June that he would hand over his job to the DPJ’s next generation after a certain level of progress had been made in reconstructing areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant had been contained, according to Kyodo. He later spelled out that the handover would take place if three conditions were fulfilled.