Japan PM Shinzo Abe re-elected as LDP head, to stay on as PM

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, was re-elected as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for the third term, paving the way for up to three more years as the country’s premier.

Abe won 553 out of 807 votes, beating his sole challenge, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.

The 63-year-old Abe has been prime minister since December 2012 and with this victory, he may become Japan’s longest-serving premier.

According to the Japan’s government sources, with his renewed leadership, the Prime Minister might reshuffle his cabinet and the party’s leadership lineup in the coming weeks.

As the party presidential election ended, the prime minister is scheduled to leave for New York on Sunday to attend the U.N. General Assembly.