TOKYO: 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.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.”
As his parents’ eldest son, Suga defied tradition by not taking over the family farm.
“Where there is a will, there is a way,” is Suga’s motto.