The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

Abe elected as Japan's premier by lower house


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.