Japan’s governing party chooses Shinzo Abe’s successor

Japan’s governing party chooses Shinzo Abe’s successor

  • Japan’s governing party is voting for a new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, with the winner almost certain to be the next prime minister.

Japan’s governing party is voting for a new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, with the winner almost certain to be the next prime minister.

Last month Mr Abe announced his resignation due to health reasons.

The winner is widely expected to be 71-year-old Yoshihide Suga who serves as chief cabinet secretary in the current administration.

He is considered a close ally of Mr Abe and likely to continue his predecessor’s policies.

Once the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has chosen its new leader, there will be another vote on Wednesday in parliament, where he is almost certain to be made prime minister because of the LDP’s majority.

Taking over mid-term, that new prime minister is expected to finish the rest of the current period, until elections in September 2021.