Yoshihide Suga set to become Japan’s new PM after winning party vote

Yoshihide Suga was elected leader of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday, paving the way for him to become the country’s next prime minister.Japanese government spokesman Suga, 71, secured an overwhelming victory over two rivals – former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida in the intra-party race.In a vote at a meeting of LDP lawmakers in Tokyo, Suga won 377 votes, Kishida 89 and Ishiba 68, the party announced.Soon after the vote, Suga pledged to promote deregulation and eliminate bureaucratic red tape in the country.Outgoing Prime M…

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