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.

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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.