Japan’s ruling party on Monday elected Yoshihide Suga as its successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Yoshihide Suga, considered Shinzo Abe’s right-hand man, was the most likely candidate to be elected.
Suga was elected by lawmakers and regional representatives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He received 377 votes out of 534 votes.
Voting will take place in Parliament on Wednesday. Suga is expected to win the election easily and take over as the country’s prime minister. Because the ruling party has a majority in parliament.
Sugar was two strong rivals. They are former defense minister Shigero Ishiba and party policy chief Fumio Kishida.
The 71-year-old Suga Abe, a powerful government adviser and spokesman, is expected to continue his policies. He says he is running because of his desire to maintain the continuity of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda.
In late August, long-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation, citing physical reasons. There is also speculation that the new leader may hold early elections for public support.