The conservative majority Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan elected departing Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s chief cabinet secretary, Suga Yoshihide, its president on Monday.
Barring an unlikely revolt in parliament, Suga is all but guaranteed to succeed Abe as the next prime minister of Japan.
Suga’s brief campaign for the swiftly-held election looked like an uphill battle after Abe announced his surprise resignation for health reasons on August 28, with former Defense Minister Ishiba Shigeru looking like an early favorite, but Suga quickly turned those polls around and won on Monday with a landslide victory in the LDP leadership contest.
According to Asahi Shimbun’s tally of the somewhat opaque party leadership vote, Suga won 377 out of 534 votes cast by LDP lawmakers, while LDP policy chief Kishida Fumio came in second with 89 votes and Ishiba only managed third place with 68. Although not directly relevant to the