Yoshihide Suga, Elected After PM Shinzo Abe As Japan’s New Prime Minister
Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country’s new PM. Suga’s victory virtually guarantees his election in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday because of the majority held by the LDP’s ruling coalition. Suga, 71, has been an important figure in outgoing PM Shinzo Abe’s administration, serving as the government’s top spokesperson.
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Suga, the son of a strawberry grower, said in his victory speech: “I will devote all of myself to work for the nation and the people.” He has said that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around the economy battered by the pandemic. On the surface, the Suga is known for offering bland comments at news briefings. But behind the scenes, he’s known for his iron-fist approach to getting jobs done, leading political watchers to call him the “shadow PM”. As his parents’ eldest son, Suga defied tradition by not taking over the family farm. Instead, he became a self-made politician, a rarity in Japan’s largely hereditary business of politics. “Where there is a will, there is a way,” is Suga’s motto.