Japan prepares to reappoint Abe as prime minister following victory in snap election

Japan is preparing to name Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his next term in office following his party's victory in a Dec. 14 snap election.

Abe's Cabinet disbanded early Wednesday as a first step. The parliament will convene later in the day to elect Abe as prime minister. Abe is due to then appoint a new cabinet.

Japanese media reported that the cabinet ministers will mostly remain the same, apart from the defense minister. Many of the ministers were appointed in a reshuffle in early September.

The election's outcome was seen as a public endorsement of Abe's strategy for reviving the economy. Abe, who took office two years ago, could stay in office for another four years but must call the next election by December 2018.