Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new Prime Minister
TOKYO | Sept 16, 2020:
Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan, following Shinzo Abe's resignation.
71-year-old, Suga won an easy victory with 314 votes of 462 valid ballots cast in the lower house of Parliament, where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a commanding majority.
Notably, Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month citing ill health.
The new cabinet will later be ceremonially endorsed by the emperor at the Imperial Palace.
Facts that you must know about Yoshihide Suga
#Yoshihide Suga was brought up in rural Akita Prefecture on a strawberry farm.
#After high school, Suga moved to Tokyo and famously worked at a cardboard factory to pay for university.
#In the year 1973, Suga used to go for night classes at Hosei University and had obtained his Bachelor of Law degree.
#In the year 1987, he was elected as an assemblyman. Interestingly, he is also the first candidate in Japan to campaign in front of train stations.