Japanese PM Shinzo Abe aims to rewrite constitution in third term

The 63-year-old Abe, prime minister since December 2012, could also become Japan's longest-serving leader with a historic third term.

Published: 14th September 2018 11:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2018 11:37 AM   |  A+A-

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe | AP

By Associated Press

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vying for his third re-election as the ruling party leader next week, extending his stay in power to work on his long-cherished ambition — to revise his country's war-renouncing constitution.

Abe reportedly has already secured about 70 per cent of support from parliamentarians of the Liberal Democratic Party, and clinching the re-election would allow him up to three more years to work on a possible charter change.

He has to tackle the economy and other priorities too. He faces Shigeru Ishiba, a former defence minister, in next Thursday's only public debate before the September 20 vote.

The 63-year-old Abe, prime minister since December 2012, could also become Japan's longest-serving leader with a historic third term.

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