Mumbai: Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, was elected Prime Minister of Japan by the powerful House of Representatives on Wednesday.
According to Kyodo News, his immediate focus will be to revive the battered economy by keeping the novel coronavirus under control.
Suga pledged to go ahead with policies such as the “Abenomics” of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a measure aimed at preventing deflation and catastrophic growth in the world’s third-largest economy.
Kyodo News reported that the 71-year-old farmer’s son, who, unlike Abe and several other lawmakers in Japan, is not opposed to the political dynasty, hinted at the possibility of additional steps.
Suga will be the oldest prime minister to hold the office since Kichi Miyazawa in 1991.
Several cabinet members such as Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are expected to be retained in Suga’s cabinet.
Health Minister Katsanobu Kato is expected to succeed Sugga as Chief Cabinet Secretary, whose key post serves as both policy coordinator and top spokesperson for the government.