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Fumio Kishida re-elected Japan’s Prime Minister in parliamentary vote

The October 31 victory increases his grip on power and is seen as a mandate from voters for his weeks-old government.

By: AP | Tokyo |
November 10, 2021 12:23:40 pm
Japan South Korea relations, Japan South Korea island dispute, Pyeongchang Olympics, Korean Olympics, Japan news, South Korea news, world news, latest news, indian expressJapan's Fumio Kishida. (Reuters File Photo)

Fumio Kishida was re-elected as Japan’s prime minister Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections.

Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election in which his governing party secured 261 seats in the 465-member lower house — the more powerful of Japan’s two-chamber legislature — enough to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament.

The October 31 victory increases his grip on power and is seen as a mandate from voters for his weeks-old government to tackle the pandemic-battered economy, virus measures and other challenges.

Later Wednesday, he will form his second Cabinet.

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