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Japan's parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country's new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe, BBC News reported.

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 Abe, the new prime minister is expected to continue his predecessor's policies.

Shinzo Abe announced his resignation last month citing ill health.

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

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

Along with his new cabinet, Yoshihide Suga will later be ceremonially endorsed by the emperor at the Imperial Palace.

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