Japan elects Yoshihide Suga new prime minister

Yoshihide Suga is the country’s first new prime minister in nearly eight years. The former chief cabinet secretary, he is expected to stick to the policies of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe.

Yoshihide Suga gesture during a press conference (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday. As soon as he enters office, he faces a series of challenges including reviving the world’s third-largest economy, which has seriously suffered from the coronavirus crisis.

“According to the results, our house has decided to name Yoshihide Suga prime minister,” lower house speaker Tadamori Oshima told parliament after the votes were counted.

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