Japan’s parliament on Wednesday elected Yoshihide Suga Prime Minister, with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to remain close to the policies formulated by Shinzo Abe during his record-breaking tenure.
“As per the results, our house has fixed the name of Yoshihide Suga Prime Minister,” said Tadmori Oshima, the Speaker of the lower house, after counting the votes.
71-year-old Suga wins An easy victory, taking 314 votes of 462 valid ballots to the lower house of parliament, where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds a commanding majority with its coalition partner.
He praised the MPs after the announcement, but did not immediately comment.
His cabinet is expected to be announced on Wednesday, with local media reporting he will retain several ministers of Abe’s government.
Suga said it would prioritize keeping coronovirus infections under control and kickstarting Japan’s economy, and promised to continue Abe’s key policy programs.
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