Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted on Wednesday a request to become chairman of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Abe will assume the post at a general meeting on Thursday of the faction, currently headed by former LDP Secretary-General Hiroyuki Hosoda, with the group renamed the Abe faction.
Senior officials of the faction visited Abe’s office in the building for House of Representatives lawmakers to make the request.
According to a person who attended the meeting, Abe said that the faction has nurtured him over many years and supported his administration, adding that “I would like to accept the position if it will help me repay the favor.”
Abe left the faction in 2012 when he became president of the LDP.