Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the Prime Minister of Japan on Monday. Suga was outgoing PM Shinzo Abe’s right-hand man for nine consecutive years. He was selected as the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan on Monday.
Suga, being a self-made politician with an ordinary upbringing has emphasized his background and promised to serve the interests of rural communities. Suga easily won the majority vote but is set to battle mounting problems such as a slumping economy, COVID-19 pandemic, and an aging population.
Nonetheless, the veteran politician has informed that his priority will be fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He has also given a nod to Abe’s signature policy of Abenomics, involving monetary easing, government spending, and structural reform.
Japan’s previous prime minister Shinzo Abe, had served four terms as the Prime Minister of the nation and had resigned last month due to health complications.