Yoshihide Suga is Japan’s new prime minister

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Tokyo: Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday. He is expected to carry forward policies championed by Shinzo Abe.

Lower house speaker Tadamori Oshima told parliament after the votes were counted that the house has decided to name Yoshihide Suga as prime minister.

Reports said Suga, 71, won an easy victory, taking 314 votes of 462 valid ballots cast in the lower house of parliament. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds a commanding majority with its coalition partner, the reports added.

Suga is likely to announce his cabinet later on Wednesday in which a number of ministers from Abe’s government might be included.

The new prime minister of Japan said he will prioritise keeping COVID infections under control and kick start Japan’s economy.

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