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President Tsai congratulates Japan's Shinzo Abe on re-election

2018/09/20 19:44:16

Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his re-election as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.

President Tsai, who also serves as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), expressed hope that relations between the two countries will continue to flourish well into the future, party spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) said.

Abe won a landslide vote against his sole challenger, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, in an election held that day.

The re-election victory marks Abe's third term in office as party president, allowing him to potentially stay on as prime minister through 2021.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)