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Noda wins vote becoming next PM

Monday, August 29, 2011 - 01:14

Aug. 29 - Japan's finance minister, Yoshihiko Noda wins a vote to become the country's sixth prime minister in five years. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports

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Japan's Finance Minister, Yoshihiko Noda wins a ruling party vote, becoming the country's sixth prime minister in five years. Noda defeated Japan's Trade Minister in a run off vote caused by Naoto Kan's resignation last week. Noda, who will officially be voted in by parliament on Tuesday, promised to provide the country with political stability. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FINANCE MINISTER AND WINNER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF JAPAN YOSHIHIKO NODA SAYING: "A Democratic Party of the people must not let democracy die. We must grit our teeth and sweat it out for the people and create a stable politics for all." Noda faces a tough path ahead in tackling Japan's massive public debt and rebuilding a country devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Like Kan, the new leader faces a divided legislature and internal party rifts. This is raising concerns that he will join a gallery of short-lived prime ministers. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Noda wins vote becoming next PM

Monday, August 29, 2011 - 01:14