By Ivan Maltsev
According to the results of the vote, the politician received 311 out of 458 votes.
On Monday, by a majority vote, the key lower house of the Japanese parliament elected the chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan Fumio Kishida to the post of the new, 100th prime minister of the country. The voting was broadcast on the parliament’s website.
According to the results of the voting, Kishida received 311 out of 458 votes. The next leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Yukio Edano, received 124 votes.
At these moments, the vote for Kishida’s candidacy is also taking place in the upper house of parliament, where the majority of deputies will also vote for him – the ruling bloc led by the LDP has a majority in both houses of parliament. At the same time, when electing the prime minister, the lower house has priority over the upper one, and it is the result of voting in it that determines the new head of government.
The composition of Prime Minister Kishida’s government will be announced in the coming hours. It is expected that Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi will retain their posts in the new cabinet. Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Hirokazu Matsuno will be appointed to an important administrative position of the Cabinet Secretary-General. In turn, the next head of the Ministry of Finance will be the former minister responsible for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Shunichi Suzuki.
Kishida assumed the post of head of the ruling party on September 29. The election of a new chairman took place due to the expiration of the powers of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who was appointed to this post last year due to the sudden resignation of Shinzo Abe. The future prime minister, who was the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 2012 to 2017, is considered a moderate conservative. He advocates strengthening the strategic alliance with the United States and Japan’s defense potential while being cautious about the prospect of equipping the country’s armed forces with long-range missiles and nuclear submarines. Kishida also supports the LDP’s policy of revising the country’s post-war constitution but believes that there is no need to rush into a complete revision of its anti-war provisions.