Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) voted in Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new party leader Monday following the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late August.
Suga won by a wide margin in Monday’s inter-party election, securing roughly 70% of the 534 votes cast by LDP lawmakers and party representatives from across the county, The Japan Times reported. He is expected to become prime minister following a parliamentary vote Wednesday as the LDP holds a majority of seats in Japan’s National Diet.
The 71-year-old cabinet secretary has been a longtime ally of Abe, who stepped down following health complications. His election indicates that the LDP will pick up where Abe left off in a gesture that largely appeals to the country’s political establishment, according to The New York Times.
“We need to inherit and facilitate policies promoted by Prime Minister Abe in order for us to overcome this crisis and for each and every individual to have a safe and stable life,” Suga said following his election. “I recognize that I carry that mission.”
Suga has largely remained out of the spotlight during his tenure in Japanese politics