Yoshihide Suga succeeds Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan

Japan’s parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister on Wednesday, who will succeed long-serving leader Shinzo Abe.

Mr Suga has stressed his background as a farmer’s son and a self-made politician in promising to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities.

He has said he will pursue Mr Abe’s unfinished policies, and that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around an economy battered by the pandemic.

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