Japan’s next Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, is anticipated to announce new elections.
Japan’s Parliament elected former foreign minister Fumio Kishida as the country’s new prime minister on Monday, as expected. But, according to sources, he would dissolve the lower house and hold new national elections later this month, which was not expected.
Last Monday, Kishida, 64, was elected as the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida was elected to parliament by a large margin against main opposition candidate Yukio Edano of the Constitutional Democratic Party, whose party had long dominated Japan.
Kishida formally took office in Tokyo after being elected to parliament.
Kishida takes over as Prime Minister from Yoshihide Suga, who served for only a year before abruptly resigning last month. For his approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, Suga received a lot of flak.
Kishida convened a Cabinet with the goal of combating COVID-19 and reviving the world’s third-largest economy. Thirteen of the 20 Cabinet members are first-time ministers, with three of them being women.
From 2012 to 2017, Kishida served as Japan’s foreign minister under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He’s advocated a “new capitalism” with the goal of closing income gaps and encouraging consumer spending, as well as a substantial coronavirus recovery package.
According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, Kishida plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament next week and call national elections on Oct. 31.
Kishida is slated to make the announcement later Monday in an address.
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