The Japanese parliament on Wednesday approved the new chairman of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yoshihide Suga, as the country’s new prime minister.
His candidacy was approved by the majority in the lower chamber of the Japanese parliament, which, in line with the constitution, has the last word in appointing the prime minister, TASS reports.
The vote was broadcast live on the parliament’s website.
Suga is to announce members of his cabinet in the coming hours. The majority of key ministers of Abe’s latest government are expected to retain their posts, including Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Finace Minister Taro Aso, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kazuyoshi Akaba, Minister of State for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto and Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Yasutoshi Nishimura. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama, who is responsible for the development of economic ties with Russia, is also expected to keep his post.
On August 28, Abe stated that he wanted to resign due to health reasons. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and had also resigned due to health issues in 2007. He informed the ruling coalition that he does not intend to designate an acting prime minister and will remain until the LDP endorses a candidate for his post.
During its congress in Tokyo on Monday, the LDP elected Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new chair. According to the party charter, he will occupy this position until the end of September 2021 when Abe’s term of office expires. Then a new election will take place for the standard three-year term.