Yoshihide Suga named Japanese PM

World | 16 Sep 2020 1:58 pm

Liberal Democratic Party leader, Yoshihide Suga has been chosen as Japan's 99th prime minister by the parliament, NHK reports.

The 71-year-old farmer's son, who is not the scion of a political dynasty, has hinted at the possibility of additional steps to shore up the economy, Kyodo reported.

The political transition comes after Shinzo Abe's surprise announcement last month, that he would step down to deal with health issues.

Suga won a commanding victory in today's vote for the leader of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He is well known to Japanese as the voice of their longest-serving government, acting as Abe's Chief Cabinet Secretary for more than seven years.

Health minister Katsunobu Kato has been tapped to succeed Suga as chief Cabinet secretary, a key post that serves as both a policy coordinator and the government's top spokesman, Kyodo reported.

 

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