Japan PM Shinzo Abe resigns

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Published: August 28,2020 03:13 PM
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August 28, 2020: Japanese Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said he had decided to step down due to worsening health conditions.

August 28, 2020: Japanese Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said he had decided to step down due to worsening health conditions, and said he apologised to citizens from the bottom of his heart for not being able to fulfil his duties. Abe's term is due to end in September 2021.





Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, said it was not up to him to decide on his successor, comments that highlight the brewing scramble to replace him from within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Speculation about Abe’s health and tenure had risen after he made two visits to a hospital recently. He has battled the chronic disease ulcerative colitis for years.





He had visited the hospital twice in the last two weeks creating speculation that his health is deteriorating. Yhis is the second time when Abe, who turns 66 next month, is leaving his Prime Ministerial post. He had previously stepped down in 2007 due to inflammatory bowel disease. He then returned to the post in 2012 after a win in the Lower house.




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