Japan’s governmental formation, the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL), has elected this Monday to Yoshihide Suga how new leader, replacing Shinzo Abe, who has resigned for health reasons and will also leave the head of the Japanese Government.
Suck, who was the top favorite to relieve Abe in the internal election process within the PDL, he has achieved a clear victory in the vote on Monday. The current spokesman for the Japanese Government, Abe’s ‘right hand’, has obtained 377 votes in a vote that has had the participation of 534 representatives of the PDL, of which 393 are parliamentarians and 141 are senior officials and regional cadres of the party.
The 377 supports it has achieved Suck suppose the 70% of the ballots. Far behind are former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who has won 89 votes, and former Defense Minister Shigeru Isihiba, who has won 68 endorsements.
This Monday’s vote within the PDL comes after a week of campaigning to choose the successor of Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation at the end of August for health reasons.
Following the election of Suga as the new leader of the PDL, the Japanese Parliament is scheduled to hold an extraordinary session this Wednesday to elect the new head of government, replacing Abe. The PDL has a large majority in the House of Representatives, which this Wednesday will hold the session in which it will elect Abe’s replacement.
He new prime minister of Japan will assume the role at a crucial moment in the history of the country, which is facing a historic recession due to, among other factors, the health crisis of Covid-19, which has already left 75,646 accumulated cases and 1,448 deaths.
In terms of international politics, Japan is in a new conflict of interest with China, in full military strengthening of the Asian giant to navigate the waters they share, in addition to the everlasting threat posed by the North Korean nuclear race.
At the end of August, Abe announced his resignation due to his health problems, thus ending several weeks of speculation about his condition. Already in 2007 the intestinal disease that he suffers, ulcerative colitis, forced him to leave office abruptly after only one year as prime minister, retaking power in 2012.