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Yoshihide Suga succeeds Shinzo Abe as Japan’s leader

Japan’s parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe due to ill health. Mr Suga had been chosen as leader of the ruling party on Monday, virtually assuring he would succeed Mr Abe, who stepped down along with his Cabinet on Wednesday. The new leader, who was chief Cabinet secretary in the Abe government, 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.

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