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Prime Minister Abe reelected LDP leader

NHK reported this afternoon that Prime Minister Abe was reelected leader of the LDP and secured his third consecutive term, defeating his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba. The network said PM Abe will serve for another three years, giving him a chance to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. According to the network, Abe garnered 553 votes out of a total of 807, with 329 valid ballots being cast by LDP Diet members and 224 by party members at LDP branches in each prefecture. The network said the premier is expected to hold a press conference this evening and give his views on LDP leadership appointments, a cabinet reshuffle, and the future management of his administration.

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