Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns due to deteriorating health

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Tokyo – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will step down as leader of the country due to deteriorating health, he said on Friday. The bombshell announcement will bring a competition for the post of prime minister in the world’s third largest economy as he grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic, the imminent threat of North Korea and an increasingly aggressive China.”I have decided to step down as prime minister,” Abe said at a press conference on Friday, adding that he was suffering from a recurrence of ulcerative colitis which ended his first term.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe EUGENE HOSHIKO / PISCINE / AFP / Getty

Hiroshige Seko, the party’s general secretary in the upper house of parliament, said earlier that Abe had decided to resign so that his health would “not cause problems”.

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