Yoshihide Suga: Japan gets new prime minister

Yoshihide Suga: Japan gets new prime minister

- Yoshihide Suga is now Japan's new prime minister following a vote in the parliament

- Suga officially took over from his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, on Wednesday, September 16

- Before attaining the nation's most envied political position, Suga worked as a factory employee and is the son of a farmer

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After a vote by members of the parliament, Japan on Wednesday, September 16, officially got a new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, after his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, the nation's longest-serving leader announced his intention to resign in August due to health problems.

Although Suga was elected as the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday, September 14, with not less than 70% of the votes, he needed the complete support of parliamentarians under the auspices of the Diet, to attain the envied office.

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Suga claimed 314 out of 465 votes by the Diet in the lower house and 142 out of 240 votes in the upper chamber, CNN reports.

Yoshihide Suga: Japan gets new prime minister

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Strange but true, the 71-year-old politician is the son of a farmer and was a factory worker before he delved into politics to become a crafty politician famed for knowing how to achieve desired results and was also instrumental to establish Abenomics - a set of economic policies fashioned to boost the country's economy.

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To foster continuity in government, the new Japanese prime minister, retained most of the ministers who worked with Abe in his cabinet, a move which has earned him the name "Abe substitute," from a vice-dean and professor of international politics at Hokkaido University, Kazuto Suzuki.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had disclosed that Nigeria was already repaying China loans.

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The minister made this known on Saturday, August 1. According to him, out of the $500m loan the federal government took to build the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, $96m had been paid. Amaechi said Nigeria was capable of paying all the China loans.

However, he noted that the loan was not taken by the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari. “Nigeria is already paying and the $500m was not taking by us, it was taken by President Goodluck Jonathan in his term and that clause was there,” he said.

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