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Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

BY The Canadian Press, Sep 16, 2020 4:19 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Japan's Parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. (Photo-ANI)

Japan's Parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.

Suga bowed deeply several times when the results were announced in parliament's powerful lower house.

Suga, who was chief Cabinet secretary and the top government spokesman under Abe, selected a Cabinet that is a mix of fresh faces and current or former ministers.

He has promised to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities.

Suga says he will pursue Abe's unfinished policies and that his priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around Japan's battered economy.

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