Shinzo Abe, Japan PM resigns due to health reasons

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe resigned the office due to his health issues. The 65-year-old Shinzo abe has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but he said his condition had worsened recently. He said he did not want his illness to get in the way of decision making, and apologised to the Japanese people for failing to complete his term in office.

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Last year, he became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. His current period in office began in 2012. He will remain in his post until the commencement of the election. During  2007 he resigned from an earlier term as prime minister because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that he has lived with since he was in the twenties.

Shinzo Abe has a well-known reputation as a conservative and nationalist, and for stimulating growth with his aggressive economic policy known as “Abenomics”, where later many countries choose as a reference. His health condition gets worsened by the middle of July after the surging of the COVID 19.

In response to his resignation, four Countries Tweeted In Support Of Abe.

He was now receiving a new treatment for the condition which had to be administered on a regular basis and would not give him enough time to carry out his prime ministerial functions,  He said he could not make any mistakes in terms of important decision making and therefore had decided to step down.

“I made a judgement I should not continue my job as a prime minister. I would like to sincerely apologise to the people of Japan for leaving my post with one year left in my term of office, and amid the coronavirus woes, while various policies are still in the process of being implemented,” he added, making a bow.

Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

He also expressed regret at not fulfilling his core pledges – forcing North Korea to return Japanese citizens abducted decades ago; sorting out a territorial dispute with Russia; and overhauling the constitution to give more power to the military. people close to Mr Abe, like Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga or Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, are not necessarily the most popular among voters as his administration has faced criticism for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though he lead japan to the normal life after the hurricanes ate the country in the last decade. 

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