Mon, September 22, 2008
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Former FM wins Japan's ruling party presidency

2008-09-22 06:38:07 GMT2008-09-22 14:38:07 (Beijing Time) SINA.com

Former foreign minister Taro Aso bows to parliamentarians of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) after he was chosen as the party president during the LDP parliamentarian meeting at the party headquarters in Tokyo September 22, 2008. Japan's main ruling party chose outspoken nationalist Taro Aso, an advocate of more government spending to boost the economy, to be next prime minister and woo voters ahead of an election expected as early as next month. [Agencies]

Former foreign minister Taro Aso (top 3rd L) raises his hands with his parliamentarians as he shouts "banzai" (cheers) after he was elected as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo September 22, 2008. Japan's ruling party chose outspoken nationalist Aso, an advocate of spending and tax cuts to boost the economy, by a landslide on Monday to be next prime minister and woo voters before an election that may be held soon. [Agencies]

Japan's former Foreign Minister Taro Aso (3rd R) shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (3rd L) and Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election candidates after Aso was chosen as the party president during the LDP parliamentarian meeting at the party headquarters in Tokyo September 22, 2008. Japan's ruling party chose outspoken nationalist Aso, an advocate of spending and tax cuts to boost the economy, by a landslide on Monday to be next prime minister ahead of an election that may be held soon. Also in the picture are former Administrative Reform Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (L), former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike (2nd L), former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba (2nd R) and Economics Minister Kaoru Yosano. [Agencies]

TOKYO - Japan's troubled ruling party has elected brash former Foreign Minister Taro Aso as its new leader.

The Liberal Democratic Party vote all but guarantees that Aso will be chosen as Japan's next prime minister in a ballot on Wednesday.

The longtime ruling party is struggling to recapture public support after its last two prime ministers quit after serving just a year each.

Aso, who defeated four other LDP candidates, is considered a conservative who favors an assertive Japan.

(Agencies)

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