Japan: Fumio Kishida re-elected as PM in special Parliament session

TOKYO: Fumio Kishida, the President of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was re-elected Prime Minister in a special Parliament session after his party won a majority of votes in the House of Representatives election on October 31. According to reports, after serving as Prime Minister for about a month after taking office on October 4, Kishida announced the formation of his second Cabinet on Wednesday afternoon, as his first Cabinet resigned en masse as required by the Constitution prior to the three-day Diet session that runs through November 5.

Kishida is expected to appoint Yoshimasa Hayashi, a former education minister who now heads a non-partisan parliamentarians' group promoting Japan-China relations, as his foreign minister. The majority of the current Cabinet members will remain the same as they were when it was first announced last month.

Toshimitsu Motegi, the foreign minister since 2019, was appointed secretary-general of the LDP earlier this month to replace Akira Amari. Hiroyuki Hosoda, a former Cabinet secretary, was elected speaker, and Banri Kaieda, a former industry minister and member of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, was elected vice speaker. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who left the LDP's largest faction in 2012 to become the country's leader, will succeed Hosoda as chair of the party's largest faction.

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