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    TOKYO September 13, (RIA Novosti) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is set to elect a new leader, and the county's new prime minister, September 23, a Japanese news agency reported Thursday.

    The election is to be held in order to find a successor to ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation September 12 for health reasons. Abe, 52, was later hospitalized for stress and exhaustion.

    The elections are technically for the leadership of the LDP, but since the party controls parliament's lower house, the party's leader is guaranteed election to the post of prime minister.

    To date, only two politicians - Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga and Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano - have announced their intention to run, said Kyodo.