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Japan PM Shinzo Abe resigns due to health issues

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 August 2020, 15:46 IST

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday officially announced his plan to step down, citing health issues. "In June this year, I was told that there were signs of recurrence of my chronic condition called ulcerative colitis, and I did my best at work. while taking medicine," Abe told a press conference, reported Sputnik.

"But starting the middle of last month, my physical condition changed, and I felt very exhausted. Recurrence of the disease was confirmed at the beginning of this month," he added.

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Abe said that he would step down because his worsened condition and treatment could threaten the decision-making process.

"In politics, getting results is the most important thing. Facing illness and treatment and being in poor physical form, I could not let myself make mistakes in important political decisions and fail to achieve results," he said further.

"I have decided that I should not continue to hold the position of the prime minister, as I can no longer firmly carry out the mandate given to me by the people. I've decided to resign as Prime Minister," Sputnik reported further quoting Abe.


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First published: 28 August 2020, 15:46 IST