Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has been elected chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) succeeding outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who announced his resignation at the end of August, APA reports citing Kyodo News Agency.
Voting took place on Monday in Tokyo at a party convention. The new leader was supported by 377 out of 394 LDP members in the parliament as well as by 89 out of 141 party members from 47 Japanese prefectures.
On September 16, he will be elected prime minister during the meeting of both houses of the parliament. According to the party charter, he will occupy this position until September 2021 when Abe’s term of office expires. Then a new election will take place for the standard three-year term.