Tokyo, 4 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Japan‘s former foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, has been elected as the new head of government of the world’s third-largest economy.
The lower house of parliament approved the 64-year-old conservative to succeed Yoshihide Suga as prime minister on Monday, backed by a majority of votes from the governing coalition parties.
Kishida, who was foreign minister for many years under former right-wing conservative prime minister Shinzo Abe, will soon present his cabinet.
According to Japanese media reports, Kishida wants to have the lower house of parliament re-elected as early as October 31, sooner than expected.
Under his predecessor Suga, poll ratings for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had dropped during the government’s struggle to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Since then, however, the infection figures have dropped sharply in view of higher vaccination rates, and a state of emergency was lifted a few days ago.
The conservative LDP has ruled Japan almost uninterrupted for decades.