Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s next prime minister by the country’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe who resigned because of poor health and promising to continue his signature economic policies.
The Japanese confirmed ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader, Yoshihide Suga, is the 99th Prime Minister.
Suga was the Chief Cabinet Secretary and served as the government spokesperson since 2012.
He was one of the five individuals tipped to succeed former premier, Shinzo Abe.
Suga, 71, faces the challenge of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy.
He promised to continue Abe’s policies and is expected to reappoint many of the existing cabinet members.
They include Finance Minister, Taro Aso and Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi.
Aso, 79, was the Deputy Prime Minister under Abe.
“I will create a cabinet that works for the people,” Suga assured.