Kushida was elected new Leader of the ruling LDP and will take over from current Prime Minister
Former Foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida was elected to be the new leader of the ruling party LDP and is set to to become the country’s next prime minister.
Kishida who is a member of Japan’s House of Representatives served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2012 to 2017 and was also Chairman of the LDP’s Policy Research Council.
Kishida won 257 votes in a runoff on Wednesday to defeat Taro Kono, a popular vaccines minister who previously held the positions of defence and foreign minister.
The current Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to step down as prime minister after a year in office due to plummeting poll ratings caused by the handling of the Covid19 pandemic.