Naoto Kan Elected Japan's New PM
    2010-06-04 14:12:00     Xinhua      Web Editor: Jiang Aitao
 

Newly-elected Democratic Party of Japan chief Naoto Kan was set to become Japan's new prime minister after being approved in Japan's lower house Friday.

Kan was named the prime minister in the powerful lower house by gaining 313 ballots out of the total of 477. Voting in the upper house will be held later but the result is less important as the lower house can override its decision if needed.

Kan is Japan's 94th prime minister and the fifth premier in less than five years.

Kan is expected to deliver his policy speech and take questions from ruling and opposition party representatives in the Diet next week.

The new Cabinet is likely to be launched by Tuesday.

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