Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) with his supporting lawmakers raise their fists in the air as Abe runs for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election in Tokyo on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT
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Japanese premier Shinzo Abe was Tuesday re-elected head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, despite falling popularity over efforts to expand the military's role and a stuttering economy.The remaining (task) is to keep this virtuous economic cycle going so people feel that a recovery in under way and that the exit from deflation will drive future economic growth," Abe said ahead of Tuesday's vote.If he holds on to power until September 2018, Abe will become Japan's longest-serving prime minister since Eisaku Sato, who served between 1967 and 1974 .Abe is again facing declining popularity as public opposition swells over security bills that could put Japanese troops into combat for the first time since the end of the war.
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