Japan: Yoshihide Suga elected Prime Minister by Parliament

Yoshihide Suga elected Japanese Prime Minister to the lower house of parliament in Tokyo, September 16, 2020. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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Yoshihide Suga was elected this Wednesday, September 16, the new Prime Minister of Japan by the Parliament in Tokyo.

He succeeds Shinzo Abe, resigned for health reasons, of which he was the faithful lieutenant.


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It was expected.

Yoshihide Suga

was elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan by Parliament on Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe, who

resigned for health reasons


He was her loyal lieutenant.

The composition of his government is expected to be announced later today.

Yoshihide Suga, who had already triumphantly won this Monday the internal election of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) to become its new leader, has promised to continue the policy of his predecessor who had been in power since the end of 2012.

Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday obtained 314 votes out of 462 votes declared valid in the lower house of parliament, where the PLD has a comfortable majority with its coalition ally, the Komeito party.

A simple majority was required.

The results of the vote in the upper house of parliament were not yet known when those of the lower house were announced, shortly before 2 p.m. local (5 a.m. UTC).

But the PLD and the Komeito also have a majority in the upper house, and in the event of a contrary vote between the two chambers, the vote of the lower house takes the decision.

To read also: Japan: elected at the head of the PLD, the atypical Yoshihide Suga about to succeed Shinzo Abe


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