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Yoshihide Suga was elected new prime minister of Japan Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe, who had resigned for health reasons after nearly eight years in office.

Suga, 71, the former chief cabinet secretary and Abe’s top government spokesperson, received 314 votes out of the 462 cast in an extraordinary session of the Lower House of the Diet, Japan’s parliament. EFE-EPA