Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on September 14 and is all set to become the new Japanese Prime Minister in the Parliamentary election scheduled later this week.
Suga received 377 votes in the vote to pick a successor to Shinjo Abe. Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, one of the other two contenders, received 89 votes, while former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba got 68.
Suga said: “I will devote all of myself to work for the nation and the people,” he said in his victory speech.
He has said that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around a Japanese economy battered by the pandemic. He gained the support of party heavyweights and their wing members early in the campaign on expectations that he would continue Abe’s policies.
“Now I’m handing the baton to new LDP President Suga,” Abe said after the vote. “We can count on him.”