Japanese PM Abe seen headed for extended term despite policy doubts

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The expected victory over ex-defence minister Shigeru Ishiba in the Sept. 20 Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) poll would put Abe on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. The winner becomes prime minister due to the LDP-led coalition’s grip on parliament.

“It is my responsibility to respond to the mandate of the people,” Abe told reporters during a trip to southwestern Japan. “I am resolved to steer Japan for another three years as LDP president and prime minister.”

Analysts say Abe looks set hold on to the top job because his nearly six years in power have enabled him to woo LDP backers with cabinet posts and other favours and to shut out rivals, while a weak opposition makes his lukewarm popularity among the electorate less relevant…

Read more : Reuters, 26.08.2018