Japan was headed by a new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga. The politician received an overwhelming majority of votes of the country's parliamentary deputies.
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Voting took place live, and access to the broadcast was made available on the website of the Japanese lower house of parliament. 314 deputies voted for the new prime minister, while 462 ballots were declared valid. The meeting of the House of Representatives became extraordinary, at which the issue of electing a new head of government was considered, the event was held on Wednesday. The two parties in the lower house of the country's highest legislative body – the Liberal Democratic and Komeito – hold 313 seats.
Yoshihide Sugi's victory was predictable, the Japanese media write. At the same time, the results of voting in the upper house of the Japanese parliament were also expected, since the ruling coalition has an overwhelming number of votes there. Analysts note that if its decision differed from the opinion of the majority of deputies of the lower tier of parliament, then the House of Representatives will prevail overwhelmingly when working out the procedure for approving a new prime minister.
The appointment to the post of the new head of government is due to the fact that the former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, at the end of August this year announced his intention to resign. The reason for leaving a responsible post is the exacerbation of a chronic disease. Yoshihide Suga was the General Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers before taking the post of Prime Minister of Japan. In mid-September of this year, the politician was elected head of the country's Liberal Democratic Party. Further, a vote took place on his appointment as the country's prime minister, which determined the new head of state.