Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's new Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe

Head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the country’s new Prime Minister in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe.

Most of Abe’s ministers have retained their posts or took up different roles in the cabinet.

Suga,71, was the former Japanese leader’s right-hand man during Abe’s almost eight years in office throughout his second term, holding the position of chief cabinet secretary in his government.

Shinzo Abe announced his intention to resign in August due to health problems.

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