Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday. He is all set to replace Shinzo Abe as the country’s next prime minister.
Suga received 377 votes in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election to be chosen as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor, while the other two contenders received a combined 157 votes. Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation due to health issues.
Yoshihide Suga currently serving as the chief cabinet secretary in Abe’s government:
71-year-old Yoshihide Suga is currently the chief cabinet secretary of Abe’s government. Suga has been one of his closest allies since Prime Minister AB Shinzo took power in 2012. He is expected to pursue Shinzo’s policies to revive the economy from the Corona crisis.
Japan’s ruling party ‘LDP’ will remain in power till September 2021:
Let us tell you that along with Suga, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida were also in the race for the post of PM. To become the Prime Minister of Japan, any leader has to first become the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
After that, the new Prime Minister is elected through voting in Parliament. The LDP will remain in power till September 2021. The party enjoys a majority in the lower house.
Party activists opposed the new system of choosing a leader:
Earlier, the party decided that the general workers will no longer be able to vote in the election for the post of leader. Ishiba and hundreds of activists have opposed the new system of choosing a leader. He says that it is not in the interest of the party and democracy.
At the same time, the party’s general secretary says that it may take two months to complete the full election, which is not in the national interest.