Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Japan prime minister as Abe defends ‘proud’ legacy

MPs approve Suga as PM, as outgoing leader promises support for successor who vowed to continue his policies

Yoshihide Suga has been installed as Japan’s prime minister, after the lower house of parliament approved his appointment as successor to Shinzo Abe.

The 71-year-old, who served as Abe’s right-hand man, has promised to continue with his predecessor’s economic policies as he attempts to steer Japan out of a deep recession and bring the coronavirus pandemic under control less than a year before Tokyo is hoping to host a postponed summer Olympics.

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