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Wednesday, 26th September 2012
In General Japan News,

Former PM Abe wins opposition leadership

Former prime minister Shinzo Abe has won Japan's main opposition party leadership election today (September 26th).

He will return as Japan's prime minister if the conservative Liberal Democratic Party wins the most seats in the following election. However recent polls show that it will probably need to form a coalition in order to do so.

The 58-year-old opposition leader was the country's prime minister for a year prior to his resignation in 2007, citing health problems.

Mr Abe finished second to ex-defence chief Shigeru Ishiba in the first round of voting, which included three other candidates. He then claimed victory in a final head-to-head vote over Ishiba, 108 to 89 votes.

"I'm still responsible for causing all of you trouble with my sudden resignation as prime minister. I will do my utmost to rise back to power with all of you," said Mr Abe.

Prime ministerial elections must be called by next summer.

Posted by  Susan Ballion