Japan's parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as its new prime minister


Japanese ruling party leader Yoshihide Suga was elected’ prime minister in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, becoming the country's first new prime minister in nearly eight years.

Japan's parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as its new prime minister


Suga's ruling Liberal Democratic Party used its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament, which has been given’ the power to elect a prime minister, to run for the world's third-largest economy because of the Corona virus. The epidemic is trying to recover. After the vote, Suga will enter the PM's office as the new leader and will later name his cabinet.

Two days after the LDP leader was elected’ Suga's appointment marks the eight-year record run of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the country's top job. Suga, 71, who previously served as Abe's right-hand man, has vowed to keep his former boss's flexible financial position and extremely simple monetary policy as "economics".

Any sign of a departure from Abenomics could boost the yen and slip the stock, re-examining the ideology for the nation. The Topics Index was shortened’ when Abe was announcing his intention to resign on August 28, but soon after he consolidated himself, market players saw Suga accepting the continuation.

Contrary to Abe's rare political tradition, Suga hails from a rural area of ​​northern Japan and took a job in a cardboard box factory when he first moved to Tokyo. Before beginning his political career as a politician's secretary, he worked through the university. He was first elected’ to parliament in 1996.

Suga's home in Akita prefecture, where his family grows strawberries, is one of the areas most affected by the economic downturn caused by Japan's shrinking and aging population.

While Suga has promised to select reformists in his cabinet, Kyodo News and other media reports say he has already decided to retain key players, including Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. ۔ the party announced on Tuesday that LDP secretary general Toshihiro Nikai, an experienced political broker, would also remain under the new administration.

The role of the chief cabinet secretary, according to the public broadcaster NHK. Which Soga kept for a record period - will be given to Katsunobu Kato, a former finance ministry official who recently served as health minister.

According to the NHK, Abe's younger brother Nobuo Kishi will become defense minister, while current defense minister Taro Kono will take over as minister for administrative reform.

Speculation about an early general election has begun following an increase in cabinet support. Suga has repeatedly said it would be difficult to vote while the corona virus is spreading. The prime minister has the power to dissolve parliament for general elections, and no one needs to hold another year.

Suga has addressed a number of specific issues, including the need for greater competition among mobile phone providers to reduce household costs. He says Japan has many regional financial institutions, and is a strong supporter of the introduction of casino resorts to promote tourism.

Although Suga has little direct diplomacy experience, he says Japan's alliance with the United States will be a cornerstone of its foreign policy and that it wants to maintain strong ties with China, its largest trading partner. Is.

Local media, including the national public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News have compiled a list of possible lineups, which will be announced’ in the afternoon. Here he says who will be in the cabinet.


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