The Japanese Prime Minister will also handle foreign affairs until the new government is formed

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will temporarily take over the Foreign Ministry following the resignation of his previous boss Toshimitsu Motegi, who will become “number two” in the Liberal Democratic Party following his recent election victory.

Kishida will remain in office until the new government is formed after a parliamentary session early next week. Sources cited by the Kiodo News Agency cite Yoshimasa Hayashi, a former education minister, as a possible head of diplomacy.

The Japanese constitution stipulates that the government must step down en masse at the same time as the first session of parliament, which is to re-elect Kishida as prime minister. This Thursday, the president stressed his commitment to “swiftly” implement policies on fundamental issues such as fighting the COVID-19 pandemic or economic recovery.

The Japanese Prime Minister will also handle foreign affairs until the new government is formed
The Japanese Prime Minister will also handle foreign affairs until the new government is formed

For his part, Motegi’s leap to general secretary of the ruling party stems from the resignation of Akira Amari, who resigned after running out of the nominal seat he was put in last Sunday’s elections, an unprecedented defeat for an indictment caliber.

The PLD won 261 out of a total of 465 seats in the lower house of parliament in Sunday’s elections, while its partner, the Komeito party, won 32 seats. The main opposition force, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (PDCJ) won only 96 seats.

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