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Yoshihide Suga Elected as Japan's New Prime Minister


Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new prime minister of Japan, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe.

Earlier this week he had won the leadership in governing party and the new prime minister position confirmed through Wednesday's votes. Mr Suga then easily won the vote for prime minister in the Diet, Japan's lower house, where a coalition headed by his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a majority.

Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month of his ill health.Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Abe held his final cabinet meeting and told reporters he was proud of his achievements during his nearly eight years in power.

Along with his new cabinet he will later be ceremonially endorsed by the emperor at the Imperial Palace.He has already promised to carry on much of the previous administration's agenda, including the economic reform programme dubbed Abenomics.

Suga had first worked as a secretary for an LDP lawmaker before eventually embarking on his own political career, from city council elections to becoming a member of the Diet in 1996.In 2005 he became a cabinet minister under Junichiro Koizumi and gained further influence in the subsequent Abe cabinet.

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