Shinzo Abe elected Japan's Prime Minister

2012-12-16 13:48:37 GMT2012-12-16 21:48:37(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe could be sworn in as Japan's new prime minister as early as December 26.(Photo/Agencies) Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe could be sworn in as Japan's new prime minister as early as December 26.(Photo/Agencies)

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Shinzo Abe has won the general election in Japan, according to exit polls.

The party, which enjoyed almost 50 years of unbroken rule until 2009, is projected to have an overall majority in the new parliament.

Mr Abe has already served a Japan's Prime Minister between 2006 and 2007.

He has campaigned on a pledge to end 20 years of economic stagnation in Japan.

The governing Democratic Party (DPJ) of Yoshihiko Noda has lost support over its move to double sales tax, something he said was necessary to tackle Japan's massive debt.

The party has struggled since coming to power in 2009. Two prime ministers came and went before Mr Noda as the party struggled to deliver amid the economic downturn and 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mr Abe has promised more public spending, to make Japanese people again proud of themselves and to allow nuclear energy a role to play in resource-poor Japan's future despite last year's nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Mr Abe has also called for a tough stance on the dispute with China over the Diaoyu islands and its adjacent waters.

LDP wins majority in Japan's general election

Japan's Liberal Democratic Party ( LDP) won a majority in the general election held on Sunday, Japan' s broadcaster NHK reported.

The NHK said in its exit poll that the LDP headed by former prime minister Shinzo Abe won a majority in the house.

The LDP and its ally, the new Komeito Party, will together secure about 320 seats in the 480-seat lower house, it said.

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