TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the best way for as much as three extra years because the nation’s chief.
Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former protection minister.
Thursday’s decisive victory could embolden him to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan’s U.S.-drafted pacifist structure, though the hurdles remain excessive and doing so would carry political dangers.
The 63-year-old Abe has been prime minister since December 2012. He has cemented management of his occasion and obtained help from conservatives for bringing stability and continuity to financial and diplomatic insurance policies. With a 3rd term as occasion chief, Abe is poised to turn into Japan’s longest-serving chief in August 2021.