Abe poised for three more years as Japan's PM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) faces former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (left) in today's election. Mr Abe is seeking more time to amend the pacifist Constitution and pursue economic reforms.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) faces former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (left) in today's election. Mr Abe is seeking more time to amend the pacifist Constitution and pursue economic reforms.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

He is favoured to easily win today's party election to continue as chief of ruling LDP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is tipped to handsomely win another three years as chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) today, in an election that has been fought on constitutional revision, the economy and the need for clean governance.

Mr Abe, who turns 64 tomorrow, has been Premier since December 2012. As the ruling party leader is usually prime minister, a victory over his rival, former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba, 61, will set him on track towards becoming Japan's longest-serving leader.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'Abe poised for three more years as Japan's PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe