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Shinzo Abe Wins Ruling Party's Vote, All Set To Become Longest Serving PM Of Japan

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| September 20 , 2018 , 13:32 IST

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday won a ruling party leadership vote, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest serving PM of the country.

News Agency AFP tweeted, "Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the re-election as leader of ruling party and is now all set to become Japan's longest-serving premier."

"I promise to take the lead in handing over a proud and hopeful Japan to younger generations," he said in a stump speech in Tokyo.

The 63-year-old conservative secured 553 votes from lawmakers and party members against 254 won by former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba in a two-horse race for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

According to local media reports, On one hand voters see the economy and social security as top priority, on the other hand, Abe aims to use the election to push his dream of reforming the country's post-World War II pacifist constitution.

Meeting With US

Abe is expected to meet Trump on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting next week. They have forged close ties but Trump has made clear he’s unhappy about the bilateral trade imbalance and wants a two-way agreement to address it. Tokyo opposes a bilateral deal for fear it would boost pressure on sensitive sectors such as agriculture.