Shinzo Abe re-elected as Prime Minister of Japan

Dec 27, 2014 11:00 IST

Shinzo Abe was on 24 December 2014 re-elected to serve another term as Prime Minister of Japan. His re-election was supported by the Japan's Parliament following his ruling paty’s decisive victory at the election polls 2014.

Abe won 328 votes out of the ballots casted by 470 members of the House of Representatives, against 73 for Katsuya Okada, acting leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan. Abe also fetched 135 votes out of the 240 ballots in the Upper House of Japan.

Abe belongs to Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan and its coalition partner Komeito. The coalition holds a majority in both houses.

New Cabinet of Japan

  • After his re-appointment, Abe named his cabinet which was the same as before with the only new face General Nakatani who replaced Akinori Eto as Defence Minister.
  • Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida retained their positions.
  • Abe reappointed all 17 other ministers, as well as three deputy chief cabinet secretaries into his cabinet.

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