Yoshihide Suga sat in the Prime Minister’s seat vacated by the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Abe. Suga was elected prime minister in a vote in Parliament today.
Japan’s parliament has elected its new prime minister.
Citing health problems, LDP Secretary General Yoshihide Suga was elected to replace Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned as prime minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at the end of August.
Suga, 71, was elected as LDP leader on Monday.
In an election held in Japan’s Parliament this morning, Yoshihide Suga became the country’s new prime minister, taking the vote of 314 of the 462 parliamentarians who participated in the election. Since the LDP holds a majority in parliament, Suga’s election as prime minister was considered a certainty.
Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce his cabinet later in the day.
Suga, who served for many years as a government spokesman and right-hand man of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is not expected to change the economic and social policies pursued by his predecessor.
Abe, 65, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s history, announced his resignation at the end of August, citing health problems, and said he would keep his post until a new prime minister was elected. Abe had been in office for about 8 years. Abe, who has been criticised for failing to manage the Corona crisis well, is known to have an inflammatory bowel condition that led to his resignation in 2007.