Yoshihide Suga, new Prime Minister of Japan

Yoshihide Suga, 71, was elected Prime Minister of Japan on Wednesday by Parliament, replacing Shinzo Abe, who resigned for health reasons.

The composition of his government was to be announced later in the day. Suga, that Monday overwhelmingly won the internal elections of its formation, the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) to become its new boss, promised to continue the policy of its predecessor, who had held power since the end of 2012.

Shinzo Abe’s cabinet of ministers resigned en bloc this Wednesday, hours before Suga, assumes the position of prime minister, as reported by the Japanese news agency Kiodo.

The Japanese Parliament will officially appoint Suga as Prime Minister in an extraordinary session to be held in the afternoon.

The former spokesman for the Japanese government, Abe’s ‘right hand man’, will bet on maintaining the policies of the former prime minister to overcome the economic crisis derived from the COVID-19 pandemic and, after his appointment, He called for avoiding a « political vacuum. »

The new prime minister of Japan will assume the role at a crucial moment in the history of the country, which is facing a historic recession due to, among other factors, the health crisis of COVID-19, which has already left more than 76,000 cases and more than 1,400 deceased.

Among the axes that will define your political project, Suga has already assured that he will promote a « regulatory reform » that involves ending the « bureaucracy » and « vested interests. » In addition, he will review Japan’s national security policies, something Abe started after his plans to introduce a US-developed missile defense system failed.

Yoshihide Suga, elected Prime Minister of Japan by Parliament

In matters of international politics, Japan is in a new conflict of interest with China, in the middle of the Asian giant’s military strengthening to navigate the waters they share, in addition to the everlasting threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear race.

In reference to the Government team, the Minister of Health, Katsunobu Kato, will be Suga’s successor as Minister Spokesperson. Other members of the cabinet, such as the Minister of Economy, Taro Aso, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Toshimitsu Motegi, will also hold positions.

Suga has been Minister Spokesperson since Abe took up his second term as Prime Minister in December 2012 and has been one of the government’s heavyweights. The new leader of the PDL does not belong to any of the factions that make up the party and is the first leader to choose the formation that does not belong to any of its currents.

Suga’s term will last until the end of September 2021, when Abe’s term ended, who announced his resignation in late August, ending several weeks of speculation surrounding his status.


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