Yoshihide Suga becomes Japan's new prime minister

The Japanese parliament confirmed ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Yoshihide Suga as the country’s 99th prime minister on Wednesday, with the new premier facing the immediate challenge of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic at home and a battered economy.Suga, who won a resounding victory in the LDP leadership race on Monday, was approved by both chambers of the parliament which is controlled by the LDP and junior coalition partner Komeito.The 71-year-old, who has pledged to continue predecessor Shinzo Abe’s policies, formed a new cabinet, reappointing many of the members under Abe such…

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