Yoshihide Suga elected as new Prime Minister of Japan

Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan in the country’s Parliament on Wednesday. Yoshihide Suga is the head of ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and replaces Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who had earlier announced his resignation due to health issues.

Yoshihide Suga was elected LDP leader on Monday with about 70% of the votes, but he still required the backing of the country’s national legislature, the Diet, before he could officially become Prime Minister and eventually he won the Diet vote with 314 out of 465 votes in the lower house and 142 out of 240 votes in the upper chamber.

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