Japan: Yoshihide Suga Primed to Become PM
Japan’s ruling party has elected a new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, who vacated his position as the national prime minister.
On 28 August, 65-year-old Abe – who served as the country’s prime minister for an uninterrupted eight years – announced his resignation due to ill health, specifically ulcerative colitis.
On Monday, 14 September, Yoshihide Suga – Abe’s chief cabinet secretary – won the vote for the presidency of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Winning by a large margin, he took 377 of a total of 534 votes from lawmakers and regional representatives.
The 71-year-old politician beat the likes of Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, and Shigeru Ishiba, a former LDP secretary-general, to win the party leadership.
Despite seemingly lacking enough charisma and passion in his 25 years of being in politics, Suga is said to have a reputation for being “very efficient and practical.”
Another vote that will determine if Suga will indeed become prime minister is scheduled to take place at parliament tomorrow, Wednesday 16 September.
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