Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new prime minister

Japan’s parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe.

Mr Abe had last month announced his resignation due to deteriorating health.

71-year-old, Yoshihide Suga, serves as chief cabinet secretary in the current administration and is likely to continue his predecessor’s policies.

Mr Suga then easily won a poll for prime minister in the Diet, Japan’s lower house, receiving 314 out of 462 votes.

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.

Taking over mid-term, Mr Suga is expected to finish the rest of the current period, until elections in September 2021.

Mr Suga will inherit an economy in the worst possible shape since the World War II, she/he will be left to try and ensure next year’s Olympics already delayed for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic will go ahead.