Japan's conservative Shinzo Abe wins election
December 17 , 2012
Japan’s Shinzo Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) secured a landslide victory in Sunday's elections.
The LDP won nearly 300 seats and, with its coalition partner, are set to win two-thirds majority in the lower house.
The ruling Democratic Party (DPJ) suffered great losses as leader Yoshihiko Noda steps down.
As Japan's seventh prime minister in as many years, Abe faces a tough road ahead with issues on the economy and a dispute with China
Official results are expected later in the day.
The LDP was in power for nearly 50 consecutive years until it was beaten by the DPJ in 2009.
Abe served as prime minister between 2006 and 2007 but stepped down, citing poor health, as support for his government declined.
The DPJ was elected due to its promise of more welfare spending but failed to counter the economic downturn and last year’s earthquake and tsunami.