(BBC) Japan’s parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe.
After winning the leadership of the governing party earlier this week, Wednesday’s vote confirms the former Chief Cabinet Secretary’s new position.
A close ally of Mr Abe, the new prime minister is expected to continue his predecessor’s policies.
Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month citing ill health.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Abe held his final cabinet meeting and told reporters he was proud of his achievements during his nearly eight years in power.
Mr Suga then easily won a poll for prime minister in the Diet, Japan’s lower house, receiving 314 out of 462 votes.
Given that a coalition headed by his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds the majority in the house, his win was widely expected.
Along with his new cabinet he will later be ceremonially endorsed by the emperor at the Imperial Palace.
A veteran politician and long-time cabinet member he takes the lead at a difficult time for the world’s third-largest economy.
Like many other nations, Japan is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic which has caused the biggest economic slump on record following years of economic stagnations.
The country is also dealing with a rapidly aging society, with nearly a third of the population older than 65.
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