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Wednesday, 24th September 2008
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Aso becomes Japan's PM

Taro Aso, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has become the new prime minister of Japan.

Mr Aso, a Catholic conservative and former Olmpic sharpshooter, became premier after the lower house - controlled by the LDP - overruled the upper house which voted for opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa, reported the Associated Press.

He told reporters: "If you look at the current period, it's not a stable one [...] These are turbulent times with the financial situation and everything else."

A new cabinet is expected to be formed soon and may include controversial choices such as the right-wing former economics minister Shoichi Nakagawa.

Mr Nakagawa, along with Mr Aso, challenged Japan's pacifist orthodoxy a couple of years ago when they both suggested that the country should consider acquiring nuclear weapons.

Among the main challenges facing Mr Aso are reviving Japan's economy and winning upcoming elections.

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