Mr. Takeo Fukuda was elected as Japan's new Prime Minister by a special session of?
Mr. Takeo Fukuda was elected as Japan's new Prime Minister by a special session of parliament on Friday (24 December). He succeeds his rival Mr. Takeo Miki, a fellow member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Miki gave his official resignation to an LDP parliamentary caucus meeting on Thursday (23 December) and said he would take responsibility for the party's election setback earlier this month. On the 5th of December the LDP lost its working majority in the lower house of parliament for the first time in 21 years. It was largely due to the effects of the Lockheed scandal and the rivalry between Mr. Fukuda and Mr. Miki.
The choice of Mr. Fukuda was unanimous, after alternative candidates failed to materialise. He also became the eighth president of the party.
Mr. Fukuda, 71-year-old economic expert and former Deputy Prime Minister, is regarded as a deeply committed conservative. After having received 256 votes in the 511-seat lower house on Friday, (24 December) Mr. Fukuda told a news conference he hoped to obtain Emperor Hirohito's approval for a new cabinet containing "fresh and powerful ministers" by Saturday (25 December).
As leader of 112 million Japanese, Mr. Fukuda will be building the destinies of Asia's most prosperous nation and the world's third largest economy.