Tuesday 21 November 2017

No changes as Japan's Shinzo Abe announces cabinet line-up following poll win

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, arrives at his official residence in Tokyo (AP)
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, arrives at his official residence in Tokyo (AP)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has installed his cabinet, reappointing the same ministers to the posts they held before a snap election last month.

The ministers were officially sworn in at a palace ceremony on Wednesday after Mr Abe was re-elected to the post in a lower house vote.

The 63-year-old Mr Abe dissolved the lower house in late September to force an election.

His Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner retained a two-thirds majority in the house.

Political analysts saw the move as an attempt to win a fresh public mandate and re-establish his hold on power after his approval ratings fell to summertime lows.

The victory boosts Mr Abe's chances for another term as LDP leader next September, potentially extending his premiership to 2021.

AP

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