Abe Shinzo’s right-hand man Suga Yoshihide is Japan’s new Prime Minister

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020   •   128

The Japanese parliament on Wednesday (September 16) elected Suga Yoshihide as the country’s new prime minister under the Reiwa era and the first in nearly eight years.

On Monday (September 14), Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) elected Suga as the new leader by giving him 377 out of 534 available votes.

With LDP’s legislative majority, Suga expectedly won in the parliamentary election on Wednesday (September 16) as the Diet convened in an extraordinary session taking 314 out of 465 votes from members of the House of Representatives and 142 out of 245 votes from members of the House of Councilors.

Suga is now the 99th Prime Minister of Japan succeeding Abe Shinzo who announced his intention to step down last month due to health reasons.

Suga served as Abe’s right-hand man since the latter was elected for a second term in December 2012.

Prior to his resignation, Abe became the longest-serving prime minister of Japan while Suga was the longest-serving Cabinet Secretary.

Japan’s 71-year-old new premier assured a ‘continuity’ government which is expected to retain about half of Abe’s Cabinet.

He also vowed to continue many of Abe’s programs including the latter’s economic strategy dubbed as “Abenomics”.

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