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Japan: PM Shinzo Abe wins party vote, on track for extended term

Shinzo Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defence, defeated former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba in the election for Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, winning 553 votes to Ishiba's 254.

By: Reuters | Tokyo |
Updated: May 4, 2020 1:08:39 pm
Japan: PM Shinzo Abe wins party vote, on track for extended termFormer U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for photographers in front of Kyubey, a Japanese sushi restaurant, at Ginza shopping district In Tokyo Sunday, March 25, 2018. Obama said Sunday that negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult, partly because the country's isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang. At right is the restaurant's chef Yosuke Imada. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool)
Japan: PM Shinzo Abe wins party vote, on track for extended term Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (Source: AP)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution.

Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defence, defeated former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba in the election for Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, winning 553 votes to Ishiba’s 254. Of the 810 votes up for grabs, 807 were valid.

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If Abe stays in office through November 2019, he will have exceeded the 2,886 days marked by Taro Katsura in the early 20th century.

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