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Taro Aso chosen as new Japanese PM

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Japan’s Lower House of Parliament has voted for Taro Aso to be the next Prime Minister. The Upper House voted for someone else but the the more powerful lower chamber voted to override it.

Taro Aso takes power in turbulent times. Japan’s economy is faltering with the US financial crisis. Policies have been stalled by the opposition- controlled Upper House. His two predecessors quit abruptly amid the deadlock.

Political analyst David Satterwhite said: “This next Prime Minister will be taking his party into a general election, desperately hoping to do well, but facing the reality of a declining economy and numerous economic problems at home.”

Taro Aso is widely expected to call a snap poll.

But first he is putting together a Cabinet he hopes will be able to boost public support ahead of the vote, which could take place as soon as November.