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Shinzo Abe was elected a new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
Shinzo Abe, Chief Secretary of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers, was elected a new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which plays the key role in the ruling two-party coalition and which has been in power in Japan almost all the time since the 50s of the past century. As was expected, he won a convincing victory at the elections, giving no chance to two other candidates – Foreign Minister Taro Aso and Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki. Shinzo Abe, who will turn 52 next Thursday, is sure to be elected a new prime minister of Japan during the voting in parliament, scheduled for September 26. The Liberal Democratic Party has the majority in both chambers of parliament. He will replace on that post Junichiro Koizumi, 64, who has been prime minister since April 2001. Despite his great popularity, Koizumi did not run for the post of the leader of the ruling party this time, because this is banned by the Charter of the Liberal Democratic Party. A total of 403 MPs from the Liberal Democratic Party took direct part in the Wednesday voting. Another 300 votes were given to regional branches of the Party, which has about a million members if 47 prefectures of Japan. Abe got 464 votes out of 702, which were declared valid. Aso came second with 136 votes. Some observers believe this gives him a chance to claim an important post in the Party or in the government. Tanigaki got 102 votes.
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