(TOKYO) -- Just days after Naoto Kan stepped down as Japan's prime minister, the country's ruling party voted on Monday to select its new leader.
The Democratic Party of Japan chose Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who was considered a favorite to win, to step in as Kan's successor.
Noda will become the country's sixth prime minister in five years. Parliament will vote on Tuesday to make the transition official.
Last Friday, Kan officially resigned after facing mounting criticism over the government's slow response to Japan's triple disasters -- the March earthquake and tsunami, and the nuclear crisis that ensued when the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled.
Kan had announced his intention to step down in June but held off on the resignation until parliament passed a renewable energy bill that reduces the country's reliance on nuclear energy and a budget financing bill.
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