Suga Elected As Japan's New PM

Japan's Yoshihide Suga was voted Prime Minister by parliament's lower house becoming the country's first new leader in nearly eight years following the resignation of Shinzo Abe.

After winning the leadership of the governing party earlier this week, Wednesday's vote confirms the former chief cabinet secretary's new position.

A close ally of Mr Abe, the new Prime Minister is expected to continue his predecessor's policies.

Along with his new cabinet he will later be ceremonially endorsed by the emperor at the imperial palace.

Mr Abe held his final cabinet meeting and told reporters he was proud of his achievements during his nearly eight years in power.

Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month citing ill health.

Mr Suga then easily won a poll for prime minister in the diet, Japan's lower house, receiving 314 out of 462 votes.