Abe Retains Post of Japan’s Prime Minister
AP Photo/ Shizuo KambayashiAsia & Pacific09:19 01.11.2017(updated 09:57 01.11.2017) Get short URL
Shinzo Abe secures majority both for his party and for himself.
TOKYO (Sputnik) — Shinzo Abe was re-elected to the post of Japan’s prime minister after a vote in the country’s lower house of parliament, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the conference room.
Abe heads the Liberal Democratic Party, which received the majority of votes in the elections of lawmakers to the House of Representatives October 22, retaining the post of the prime minister. The party seeks to amend the country’s constitution, in particular, Article 9 drafted by the US, adding a specific status of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), as well as the provision more power to the prime minister during a state of national emergency. The current constitution bans the maintenance of armed forces, though the Japanese government managed to set military forces used solely for self-defense and, due to 2015 bill, allowing them to fight abroad to defend the country’s allies in a case of war.
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Shinzo Abe has vowed to take all necessary measures to seize the North Korean threat and the crisis escalated on the Korean peninsula that has recently escalated due to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.
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The LDP’s landslide victory in the snap election in Japan was explained by experts by weak opposition from the Party of Hope, established by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The party had failed to challenge the LDP due to inconsistency in Koike’s short-lived campaign.