Yoshihide Suga is the country’s first new Prime Minister in nearly eight years. The former Chief Cabinet Secretary, he is expected to stick to the policies of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe.
“According to the results, our house has decided to name Yoshihide Suga Prime Minister,” lower house speaker Tadamori Oshima told Parliament after the votes were counted.
The 71-year-old is former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s longtime right-hand man. Suga named a new Cabinet that included several existing Ministers. Taro Aso remained in his position as Finance Minister and Toshimitsu Motegi kept his job as Foreign Minister. Abe’s younger brother, Nobuo Kishi, was named Defense Minister.
Suga said he will pursue many of Abe’s policies, including his signature “Abenomics” economic strategy of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.
Abe announced his resignation last month due to ill health after eight years in the job, making him Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister.