The newly elected President of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Yoshihide Suga has been officially appointed as the new prime minister of the country by parliament on September 16.
Of the total 462 votes cast by parliament’s lower house members, Suga won 314 votes. He is likely to set up a cabinet filled with Ministers who served under Abe. The chamber took precedence in choosing a premier over the upper house that was also likely to elect Suga because of a ruling bloc majority.
Born in 1948, Suga who was graduated from Hosei University in 1973 and obtained a Bachelor of Laws has pledged to pursue many of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s programs, including his signature “Abenomics” economic strategy along with structural reforms, including deregulation and streamlining bureaucracy.
From ageing society to tackling COVID-19 while reviving a battered economy, a number of challenges are ahead for the new PM.