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Suga elected Japan's prime minister to succeed Abe

Suga elected Japan's prime minister to succeed Abe

TOKYO, Sept 17: Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was Wednesday picked as Japan's prime minister to succeed Shinzo Abe in an extraordinary parliamentary session. The parliament formally chose Suga as the new prime minister in an extraordinary session in the afternoon, after his longest-serving predecessor had stepped aside on health grounds. Suga was elected by both chambers of parliament, winning 314 votes in the 465- member lower house and 142 votes in the 245-member upper house. The new prime minister is expected to form the cabinet filled with ministers who served under Abe. His immediate focus is expected to be reviving the battered economy while keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Suga has vowed to push forward with Abe's policies such as "Abenomics", a mix of measures including monetary easing and fiscal stimulus aimed at easing deflation and stimulating growth in the Japanese economy. Apart from dealing with the short-term economic damage the epidemic has caused by forcing people to stay home and sharply reducing tourism from overseas, Suga will be tasked with raising Japan's decreasing birthrate and improving its dismal fiscal situation. With inputs from agencies

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