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Aso's new cabinet formally launched

2008-09-24 14:57:36 GMT2008-09-24 22:57:36 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TOKYO, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The cabinet of Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Taro Aso was formally launched late Wednesday following an attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

Earlier in the day, Aso, chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected by the Diet as the nation's 92nd prime minister. And he announced the lineup of his 17-member Cabinet at his first press conference as prime minister.

"I have just appointed appropriate persons to the appropriate posts in the cabinet," said Aso at the press conference.

"The new cabinet will not fail the expectation of the Japanese people," he said.

And the cabinet will make the utmost efforts to win the general parliamentary election, said the new prime minister.

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