30 Aug '11, 5am

Japan's parliament elects Noda as new PM

Japan's parliament elects Noda as new PM

TOKYO: Japan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday elected former finance minister Yoshihiko Noda as the sixth new prime minister in five years, with 308 out of 475 valid votes. The powerful lower house is held by Noda's centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Even if the upper chamber, controlled by the conservative opposition, chooses another premier, the lower house can overrule it. Noda, 54, who on Monday beat four rivals in the ruling centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ballot to become its new president, is expected to pick his ministerial lineup and party seniors in coming days. His unpopular predecessor Naoto Kan, in office just 15 months, and his cabinet resigned in the morning, making way for Noda. In a display of humility, Noda on Monday stressed that he is an ordinary man without star power or looks and promised a moderate leadership style that se...

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