Shinzo Abe bags party vote, paves way to becoming Japan’s longest serving PM

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Chennai, September 20: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got re-eleceted as leader of his ruling party today, paving the way for him to become the longest-serving premier of the country.

The 63-year-old conservative secured 553 votes against 254 won by former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba, a hawkish self-confessed “military geek”, in a two-horse race for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

The win effectively hands Abe three more years as PM, giving him the chance of breaking the record for the nation’s longest serving premiership held by Taro Katsura, a revered politician who served three times between 1901 and 1913.


-Nandini Paul