Friday, July 24, 1998 Published at 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
Text of Obuchi acceptance speech
Text of brief address by Keizo Obuchi following his election as leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as broadcast by Japanese television on24 July:
With your support, I have just been elected the 18th president of the Liberal Democratic Party. I am deeply moved by this result, and at the same time, I feel honoured.
In spite of my poor ability, I intend to do my best to overcome the current crisis for the sake of the party and the nation.
I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Seisuke Okuno for the congratulatory remark he just made for me.
While obeying the will of outgoing President Ryutaro Hashimoto, I will make all-out efforts to tide over the current difficult situation in cooperation with all party members.
So, I ask you to give me your support, encouragement, and cooperation.
Thank you very much.
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