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Japan's lower house picks Taro Aso as prime minister

2008-09-24 04:53:59 GMT2008-09-24 12:53:59 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Newly-elected Liberal Democratic Party President Taro Aso (R) talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, capital of Japan, Sept. 24, 2008. Japan's House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Taro Aso as the nation's 92nd prime minister. (Xinhua Photo)

The new president of the Liberal Democratic Party Taro Aso (R) talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, capital of Japan, Sept. 24, 2008. Japan's House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Taro Aso as the nation's 92th prime minister. (Xinhua Photo)

TOKYO, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Japan's House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Taro Aso, new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as the nation's prime minister.

In the voting held at the 480-seat lower house, Aso garnered 337, or 71 percent, of a total of 478 valid ballots.

With the divided Diet, the two chambers will most likely come up with different outcomes. If this is the case, a joint panel of both chambers is to negotiate a solution and its efforts are doomed to failure. Under such circumstances, the election outcome in the lower house will be the final decision of the Diet as specified by the Constitution.

Aso was thus virtually elected the nation's 92th prime minister.

BEIJING, Sept. 24 -- Now is a critical time for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Taro Aso, the newly elected party president, needs to get serious and face up to important issues in a speedy and bold manner.

Aso scored an overwhelming victory in Monday's party leadership election to become the 23rd LDP president, defeating four other candidates -Kaoru Yosano, state minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy; Yuriko Koike, former defense minister; Nobuteru Ishihara, former chairman of the LDP Policy Research Council; and Shigeru Ishiba, former defense minister. Full story

TOKYO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Newly-elected Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) boss Taro Aso is virtually certain to become Japan's next prime minister succeeding outgoing Yasuo Fukuda, as his party controls the lower house of the parliament. Full story

TOKYO, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Taro Aso, current secretary general of the ruling Liberal democratic Party (LDP), was elected LDP's party chief in its presidential election Monday.

Aso, who served as the foreign minister in Junichiro Koizumi's cabinet as well as in the subsequent Shinzo Abe's cabinet, won 351,or 66.6 percent, of a total of 527 votes.

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