Yoshihide Suga becomes prime minister of Japan after Shinzo Abe’s cabinet formally resigns

Shinzo Abe’s longtime

Shinzo Abe’s longtime ally Yoshihide Suga was voted in by the parliament to succeed him as prime minister of Japan. Having led the country since 2012, Abe resigned due to health problems.

Suga’s candidacy was approved by both houses of the National Diet, Japan’s parliament. The 71-year-old politician, who was described by the local media as Abe’s close confidant and “right-hand man,” had previously promised to continue his predecessor’s key policies.

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