Yoshihide Suga, who won the leadership vote of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been elected as Japan's new Prime Minister by the powerful House of Representatives on September 16, 2020.
The new Prime Minister of Japan has pledged to push forward with the former PM Shinzo Abe policies such as 'Abenomics', it is a mixture of measures which is aimed at spurring growth in the world's third-largest economy and at beating deflation.
On September 14, 2020, Suga had secured 377 votes to become the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan. He replaced long-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned unexpectedly in August 2020 due to health problems.
Yoshihide Suga has been serving as the Chief Cabinet Secretary in the current administration and he was widely expected to win the elections.
The New Prime Minister's immediate focus will be on reviving the battered economy while keeping the effect of COVID-19 under control. Yoshihide Suga will be the oldest Prime Minister to take office since Kiichi Miyazawa in 1991. Suga is considered a close ally of Mr. Abe and is expected to continue his predecessor’s policies.