Shinzo Abe reelected Japan’s prime minister after big win
Written by Morenike Adebayo on November 1, 2017
Shinzo Abe has been re-elected Japan’s prime minister by the parliament following his ruling party’s landslide victory in elections last month. Lawmakers voted today to reinstall Abe by a majority of three hundred and twelve votes in the four hundred and sixty-five-seat lower house of the Japanese parliament. In the two hundred and forty-two-seat upper house, he also won one hundred and fifty-one votes.
Abe is expected to reappoint his current cabinet ministers. His Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition won a two-thirds “super majority” in snap elections on October twenty-second, which Abe had called in a politically risky move to strengthen his mandate.
His ruling coalition already has a majority, but he needs stronger support to push his agenda to alter the country’s pacifist constitution. Abe, who took office in December 2012, will meet with US President Donald Trump during the latter’s upcoming first Asia trip.