Saturday, 16 October 2021

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s Prime Minister

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO: Yoshihide Suga has been elected as Japan’s prime minister, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years and facing a raft of challenges including reviving an economy battered by the COVID-19 crisis, news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday. He is presently readying a “continuity cabinet”, which is expected to keep about half of predecessor Shinzo Abe`s lineup.

Suga, 71, Abe`s longtime right-hand man, has pledged to pursue many of Abe`s programmes, including his signature “Abenomics” economic strategy, and to forge ahead with structural reforms, including deregulation and streamlining bureaucracy.

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