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Abe pulls off convincing victory to lead Japan's ruling party

Prime minister readies for another three-year term after trouncing Ishiba

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to push constitutional changes during his unprecedented third consecutive term.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected to another three-year term as leader of Japan's ruling party on Thursday, as he aims to become the country's longest-serving leader in modern times.

Abe, who turns 64 on Friday, won 553 of the 807 votes cast. His challenger, 61-year-old former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, managed just 254. The election was decided by parliamentary members and rank-and-file party members, with each controlling half of the total votes.

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