Abe's Cabinet Resigns En Masse

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet resigned en masse on Wednesday morning, ending Abe's second administration on his 2,822nd day in office, longest in the history of Japan's constitutional politics.

Including his one-year first administration that ended in September 2007, Abe's total number of days in office added up to 3,188 days, also longest on record.

In late August, Abe announced his intention to resign, citing his chronic disease.

When leaving the prime minister's office on Wednesday afternoon, Abe received flowers and applause from staff members.

Before that, Abe told reporters: "I've devoted all my energy to economic revitalization and diplomacy aimed at defending Japan's national interests, ever since we marched back into power. I feel proud that I could take on various challenges together with the people of Japan."

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