Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday, 16th September. He is expected to stick to policies championed by Shinzo Abe during his record-breaking tenure.

Suga who is 71 years, won an easy victory in a parliamentary vote, where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a commanding majority.

He took a deep bow as lawmakers applauded his win, but made no immediate comment. He is not expected to speak until late Wednesday when he gives his first press conference as prime minister.

Shinzo Abe, who served as prime minister for a total of eight years, will continue as a lawmaker, with some suggesting the possibility of his undertaking diplomatic missions.

As he prepared to resign on Wednesday morning, Abe said he had given “all my strength” and was ending his tenure “with a sense of pride”.

“I owe everything to the Japanese people.”