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Suga elected 99th prime minister of Japan

  • September 16, 2020
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NHK reported that LDP President Suga was elected as the 99th prime minister of Japan at plenary sessions of both chambers of the Diet this afternoon. The network said Suga earned 314 votes in the Lower House and 142 votes in the Upper House. Members of the opposition camp voted for Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Edano. According to the network, Suga is expected to go to the Kantei and meet with Komeito leader Yamaguchi before forming his cabinet. The network added that after being formally appointed by the Emperor, Suga will launch his new cabinet this evening and hold a press conference to explain his basic policies. Asahi noted that this is the first change of leadership in Japan since December 2012 when Shinzo Abe became prime minister. The daily said Suga served as chief cabinet secretary for a record 2,822 days under Prime Minister Abe and won the party presidential race by stressing his continuity with the Abe administration. 

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