Japan's ruling party elects new leader to succeed PM Abe

Japan’s Yoshihide Suga, a long-time ally of outgoing PM Shinzo Abe, won a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election on Monday, news wires reported. The victory paved the way for him to become prime minister in a parliamentary vote this week.

Suga, 71, is known as a pragmatic, behind-the-scenes deal maker. He served in the powerful post of chief cabinet secretary during Abe’s nearly eight-year tenure, has said he will pursue his predecessor’s “Abenomics” recipe of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reform and follow a diplomatic line centred on the US-Japan security alliance.

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