Yoshihide Suga has been elected the new Prime Minister of Japan. Yoshihide Suga, the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected prime minister in Wednesday’s lower house election.
He received 314 out of 465 votes in the lower house and 142 out of 240 votes in the upper chamber. A veteran politician and long-time cabinet member take the lead at a difficult time for the world’s third-largest economy.
Suga, a loyal ally of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won Monday’s election by a great margin. He had earlier been the chief cabinet secretary.
Yoshihide Suga, 71 years old, said he would continue Abe’s foreign and economic policy. Abe resigned last August due to ill health. Suga will now hold the post of party chief and prime minister until September 2021.
Suga is expected to announce his cabinet on Wednesday. He has already said that he will pursue Abe’s policy.
Born the son of strawberry farmers, the veteran politician comes from a humble background that sets him apart from much of Japan’s political elite. He has been in Abe’s cabinet since 2012.