President Solih congratulates newly elected Japanese Prime Minister

Newly elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Yoshihide Shuga (C) is applauded after he was elected as Japan’s prime minister | Photo: AFP

Malé, Maldives — President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated the new Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga after he got elected for the position on September 16.

“On behalf of the government and the people of the Maldives, and on my own behalf, I have the honour to extend to your excellency, my sincere good wishes and congratulations on your election as the Prime Minister of Japan”, read President Solih’s message.

President Solih also highlighted the longstanding bilateral ties between the two nations as well as the “innumerable” contribution from Japan to Maldives for the country’s development.

“I look forward to working closely with your excellency in further expanding the enduring ties of friendship and cooperation between the Maldives and Japan, for the mutual benefit of our people”.

President Solih also expressed his confidence in the ability of Suga to be able to guide Japan to new heights of development and prosperity.

While concluding, President Solih wished well health for new Prime Minister and continued progress for the people of Japan.

With a clear electoral victory, the 71-year-old Suga claimed 314 votes of 462 valid ballots cast in the lower house of the Japanese parliament.

Suga was elected as the Prime Minister of Japan after the longest serving premier to date, Shinzo Abe announced his resignation in late August over health complications. Suga was initially the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.

Suga stated that his top priorities will include of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and kickstarting Japan’s economy. He has also promised to continue Abe’s key policy programmes.