Fumio Kishida, inaugurated Prime Minister of Japan

Fumio Kishida was invested this Monday as new prime minister of Japan in an extraordinary parliamentary session after his victory in the ruler’s primaries Liberal Democratic Party (PLD).

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Kishida’s appointment was formally ratified in a vote in both houses, in which the ruling coalition has a large majority, and succeeds Yoshihide Suga, who resigned in the previous hours en bloc together with his Cabinet after just over a year at the head of the Executive.

The new head of Government plans to announce the composition of his Government in the next few hours, in which it is expected that more than a dozen portfolios will be headed by first-time ministers and that he will maintain key positions, in a search for certain stability in the face of the imminent general elections.

Kishida becomes the 100th prime minister of Japan and under Japanese law, which stipulates that the president of the most voted force in the last elections, in this case the PLD, is the one who elects the head of the Executive and even if there is a change of leadership of the political force in the middle of the legislature.

However, the arrival of Kishida to power is transitory, since the current legislature of the Lower House of the Diera (parliament) will come to an end on October 21 and the country must dissolve the Cortes and call general elections before the end November.

In this context, the election of Kishida as head of the PLD had general elections overtones, given the current majority that his party currently holds in both parliamentary chambers and the prospects of victory for the formation in the face of the national elections in light of the current breakdown of the party. the opposition.

According to various polls of voting intention published over the weekend by local media, around 64% of voters plan to vote for the PLD and its government partner, Komeito.

Kishida was elected as his party president in the primaries held last Wednesday, in which three other candidates participated. Suga announced in early September his decision not to run in the internal elections and, therefore, not to run for re-election as prime minister.

Among the challenges that the new Japanese chief executive will have to face are the adoption of measures to keep COVID-19 under control, vaccination and approve the general state budgets.

With information from EFE.


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