Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Japan’s new prime minister

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.

71-year-old Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer, won the leadership contest of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday and was all but assured the top job given the party’s two-thirds majority.

The former Chief Cabinet Secretary is expected to announce his cabinet team later on Wednesday.

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News agencies

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