By: Explained Desk | New Delhi |Updated: September 15, 2020 8:46:49 am
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is set to be the country's next prime minister (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo)
Last month, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the country’s longest-serving leader, resigned from his position citing health reasons. On Monday, Japan’s longest-serving Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ensuring his place as Abe’s successor. Suga will be formally named as the new prime minister on September 16.
Once he formally takes over, Suga will serve out Abe’s remaining term as party chief until September 2021.
Who is Yoshihide Suga?
Born in 1948 to a strawberry farmer and a schoolteacher in rural Japan, Suga helped in the fields as a child and went on to enrol at the Hosei University in 1969. Suga is described in various media reports as Abe’s “right-hand man”and was widely seen …