Yoshihide Suga replaces Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister of Japan
Tokyo, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Yoshihide Suga became the 99th Prime Minister of Japan today, two days after his election to replace the resigning Shinzo Abe as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (PLD).
The politician secured the position in a vote 314-148 that was carried out in the Diet (Parliament) followed by his inauguration as the maximum leader of his organization.
As planned, he will later make up the government team and the media speculates that at least half will be Abe's cabinet officials, including incumbents Taro Aso (Finance), Toshimitsu Motegi (Foreign Relations) and Shinjiro Koizumi (Environment).
Later, the emperor will receive them at the Imperial Palace, hold a press conference and meet with the new ministers.
Suga, 71, served as Abe's chief of staff from 2012 until this morning and will lead the ruling group until the September 2021 internal elections, which will take place one month before the general elections.
Born in a rural area of Akita prefecture, he entered politics when he was almost 40 years old and promoted policies to support rural communities in the face of growing demographic decline.
He promised to further boost his predecessor's program, contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus as soon as possible and protect public health.
By resigning this morning, Shinzo Abe called on the public to support Suga, while highlighting his work for nearly eight years as a member of his ministerial payroll.
The 65-year-old former premier left office because he suffers from chronic ulcerative colitis again and the healing process could prevent him from handling the affairs of the State as required.
However, he plans to compete in next year's elections if he recovers sooner.
Abe was the 98th Prime Minister of Japan and was to be in command until 2021, making him the longest-serving dignitary in the country's recent history.
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