Yoshihide Suga officially elected Japan's new prime minister

Japan's parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country's new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe, who stepped down due to poor health.

Suga, who was seen as Abe's "right-hand man", won the leadership contest of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday. He is expected to continue his predecessor's policies.

The former Chief Cabinet Secretary is expected to announce his cabinet team on Wednesday.

Born in 1948 to a family of strawberry farmers, Yoshihide Suga's political journey began when he worked on a parliamentary election campaign soon after graduating from Tokyo's Hosei University.

He later worked as a secretary to a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker, before embarking on his own political career.

Mr Suga played a key role in Mr Abe’s administration by acting as the government’s top spokesperson as chief cabinet secretary.

Suga’s most urgent task will be to sustain a recent fall in daily coronavirus cases while attempting to steer the world’s third-biggest economy out of a prolonged recession, worsened by the pandemic.