Japanese Prime Minister Abe Declares Resignation

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation on Friday, concluding that a recurrence of his chronic ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease, has made it difficult for him to fulfill his duties.

Abe, 65, who became the country's longest continuously serving prime minister just on Monday, will resign without being able to pave the way for containing the new coronavirus epidemic and reviving the Japanese economy. His term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party was set to expire in September next year.

The LDP began the process to choose Abe's successor as soon as possible, in order to avoid a political vacuum. The new government is expected to be inaugurated as early as September.

At a news conference, Abe said the recurrence of his ulcerative colitis was confirmed in early August after a regular medical checkup in June found a sign of his chronic disease coming back.

After the use of a new medicine, favorable effects were shown in a medical examination on Monday, but he decided the same day to step down, according to Abe.

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