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Shinzo Abe re-elected as Japan's PM

Japan's parliament has elected Shinzo Abe to serve another term as prime minister after his party won a snap election earlier this month.

He won 328 votes out of the 470 cast by MPs in a special session of the lower house.

He was due to name his cabinet members later today, replacing only his defence minister.

The victory by the ruling Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner the Komei Party was viewed as an endorsement by the public of Mr Abe's strategies for reviving Japan's stagnant economy.

Mr Abe, who took office two years ago, could stay as prime minister for another four years but must call the next election by December 2018.


From Belfast Telegraph