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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unopposed, wins further term as president

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raising his hand before answering a question from a lawmaker during a committee session debating the security bills at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a new term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party after facing no opposition for the job.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that Abe would continue to try to revive the economy and “restore Japan’s greatness.”

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The party named Abe president after no other lawmakers filed applications to run against him in an election that had been set for Sept. 20. Candidates had to gain support from 20 other lawmakers in the party to run.

Abe’s current, three-year term as LDP president ends on Sept. 30. His new term will run until Sept. 30, 2018.

Abe took office after a general election in December 2012 that vanquished the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. He also served as prime minister in 2006-2007

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