Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Japan's new PM

Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Japan's new PM
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Tokyo: Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's next prime minister on Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe who resigned because of poor health and promising to continue his signature economic policies.

71-year-old Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer, won the leadership contest of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday. The former chief cabinet secretary will become the country's first new leader in eight years. Unlike his predecessors, Suga does not come from a privileged background and rose to the top of the ruling LDP without belonging to any of its powerful factions.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Suga on his appointment.