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Abe elected as Japan's premier by lower house

Published on Dec 26, 2012 2:03 PM
 
Shinzo Abe (right) shakes hands with parliament members after he was elected as Japan's prime minister by the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on Dec 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Mr Shinzo Abe was elected as Japan's prime minister by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomacy while fixing the economy.

The powerful lower house named the 58-year-old as the country's next leader following a resounding national election victory for Mr Abe's Liberal Democratic Party earlier this month.