ANALYST VIEW: Taro Aso picked to become next Japanese PM

Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:52am EDT
 
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party picked former foreign minister Taro Aso, an outspoken nationalist and advocate of government spending and tax cuts to bolster the faltering economic, to be the next prime minister.

Aso, whose victory was widely expected, is assured the premiership in a September 24 parliamentary vote because of the LDP's majority in the powerful lower house.

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KEY POINTS:

-- Attention is focused on whether Aso will call a snap election for the lower chamber to take advantage of a hoped-for bounce in public support rates. Japanese media say an election could be called for as early as October 26.

-- The new prime minister will have trouble getting laws passed in parliament as the main opposition Democratic Party and smaller allies control the upper house and can stall legislation.

COMMENTARY:

JUN IIO, PROFESSOR, NATIONAL GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY

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