Abe heads for third three-year term

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TOKYO, Sept 15, (AP): Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe ap­pears headed for a third three-year term as rul­ing party leader, ex­tend­ing his hold on power and giv­ing him time to pur­sue a long-cher­ished goal – re­vis­ing his coun­try’s post-World War II con­sti­tu­tion.

Abe re­port­edly has the sup­port of a large ma­jor­ity of party rep­re­sen­ta­tives ahead of the rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party’s Sept 20 lead­er­ship vote.

“I will take on the task of re­vis­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, a post­war chal­lenge that has never been achieved, in or­der to open a new era,” Abe said Fri­day in a tele­vised de­bate with his only chal­lenger, for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Shigeru Ishiba.

The 63 year-old Abe, prime min­is­ter since De­cem­ber 2012, is poised to be­come Ja­pan’s long­est-serv­ing leader with a third term.



Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said Fri­day he will meet again this year for more talks with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Putin’s pro­posal for the two coun­tries to sign a peace treaty and dis­cuss the sta­tus of dis­puted is­lands.

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