Yoshihide Suga was voted for the Prime Minister of Japan by parliament’s lower house, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly 8 years, as he readied a “continuity cabinet” expected to keep about half of predecessor Shinzo Abe’s lineup.
Yoshihide Suga, Who is Abe’s longtime right-hand man, has pledged to pursue many of Abe’s programmes, including his signature “Abenomics” economic strategy, and to forge ahead with structural reforms, including deregulation and streamlining bureaucracy.
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, resigned because of health issues after nearly 8 years in office. Yoshihide Suga served under him in the pivotal post of chief cabinet secretary.
Newly elected Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga won 314 votes out of 462 cast by parliament’s lower house members.
The chamber takes precedence in electing a Prime Minister over the upper house, which was also expected to pick Suga because of a ruling bloc majority.
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