Japan is set to get a new prime minister within days after the ruling party elected a new leader following the resignation of the outgoing Yoshihide Suga.
The former foreign minister Fumio Kishida won a race to lead the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday, and that result is almost certain to be ratified by parliament.
But in the coming weeks, he faces a general election.
Mr Suga had been in the job for just over a year, having been appointed to the role following the resignation of long-standing PM Shinzo Abe.
Mr Kishida beat the popular vaccinations minister Taro Kono comfortably in a run-off after finishing only one vote ahead of him in the first round.
Two women had also taken part in the first round, but came behind Mr…