Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new Prime Minister

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new Prime Minister
Tokyo: Yoshihide Suga has been elected as Japan’s prime minister becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years.

According to details, Suga, who served as chief cabinet secretary to outgoing premier Shinzo Abe, has become country’s next premier after the ruling party elected him on Monday.

Suga gained a total of 377 out of 534 valid votes cast by Liberal Democratic Party (LPD) lawmakers and regional representatives leading his two rivals former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida.

Suga has served for years as Chief Cabinet Secretary, the most senior role in government after the prime minister.

Suga has assumed charges at a time when world's third-largest economy is facing crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Japan also has to deal with rapidly aging society, with nearly a third of its population older than 65.

Earlier last month, Shinzo Abe resigned over health conditions putting an end to a record-setting tenure. Reportedly, he was a patient of ulcerative colitis disease for many years but his condition has worsened recently.

As per Japanese media, 65-year-old Abe wanted to avoid causing problems for his government and decided to resign.