Japan: PM reshuffles Cabinet in bid to regain support after election defeat

August 27, 2007 17:26

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revamped his ailing government on Monday with a Cabinet shakeup that placed conservative old-timers in top posts, an attempt to win back voter confidence following a key election setback last month. But analysts doubted whether the reshuffle would rekindle support for Abe's government, which has seen its ratings plunge and lost a key parliamentary poll after a spate of gaffes and scandals involving key ministers. In a lineup announced Monday, Abe appointed experienced conservatives as new ministers for foreign affairs, defense, finance, and replaced his right-hand man, the chief Cabinet secretary. "The members of my new Cabinet and I are determined to do our best to win back the public's trust," Abe said after the new ministers were officially sworn in by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.

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