On September 16, 2020 Yoshihide Suga was formally elected as Japan’s New Prime Minister. He will succeed Shinzo Abe, who was Japan’s Longest serving Prime Minister and stepped down due to health problems.
The 71-year old Yoshihide received 314 votes (462 votes were cast) in the 465-member House of Representatives, and 142 votes in the 245-member House of Councillors (House of Representatives & House of Councillors are both part of DIET, National Parliament of Japan).
Yoshihide’s party Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a majority in the Japan Parliament.
i.Yoshihide Suga was born on December 6, 1948 in a village called Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan.
ii.He has decades of experience in Politics and most recently he served as Chief Cabinet Secretary (2012-2020) of the Government of Japan. He was the longest serving Chief Cabinet Secretary in the history of Japan.
iii.He will be the Oldest Prime Minister to take the Office since Kiichi Miyazawa in 1991 and is also the First Prime Minister of the Reiwa Era.
iv.Yoshihide was also elected as Leader of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
v.His tenure as Prime Minister will end in September 2021.
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