In Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership election, Kishida Fumio, former LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson, has become president. The career politician is virtually assured to become prime minister, following Suga Yoshihide.
The race resulted in a runoff between Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro and Kishida. The two party veterans were not able to secure more than 50 percent of votes in the first round.
In the runoff election, Kishida beat Kono, nabbing 257 votes to Kono's 170.
On Monday, Diet members will elect the country's new prime minister. Kishida is virtually assured to win, as the LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito control both Houses of the Diet.