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Abe's uncertain grip on power

Japan's prime minister wins election but fails to convince voters

| Japan
Even after the latest election win, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be in much the same political shape as he went into the poll.   © Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should have been smiling broadly on Sunday evening as he took in the results of the Japanese lower house election.

He appeared to have been vindicated in his bold decision to call a snap poll. His Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its coalition partner, had held on top its two-thirds supermajority in the House of Representatives -- enough to pass constitutional amendments.

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