Kishida elected new Japanese premier, appoints continuity cabinet

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Japan’s former foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, was elected on Monday as the new head of government of the world’s third-largest economy. The lower house of parliament approved the 64-year-old conservative to succeed Yoshihide Suga as prime minister, backed by a majority of votes from the governing coalition parties. Kishida, who was foreign minister for many years under former right-wing conservative prime minister Shinzo Abe, filled his cabinet with new faces as he replaced all except Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi. He appointed Shunichi Suzuki as finance…

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