Prime Minister of Japan resigns over ill health

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Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has announced his resignation after eight years in power due to deteriorating health after reports emerged that he had been vomiting blood. 

The 65-year-old Prime Minister said while announcing his resignation that he had encountered a relapse of a chronic bowel condition.

He said “I have lost a lot of energy and strength” and would require regular medical treatment and that it would make it impossible for him to tackle the Coronavirus crisis in his country. 

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During a press conference, he said: “I have been struggling with my illness and I have to get treatment. Poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions.”  

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Talking about Abe’s health, he has visited a Tokyo hospital in Japan several times within one week. Reports also came forth that Abe was vomiting blood as a result of his unpleasant health condition.  

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will appoint an interim leader who will act as President pending the time the party will conduct a fresh presidential election. 

These Candidates have been tipped to replacing Mr. Abe, the list includes Taro Aso, the Deputy Prime Minister, and former Prime Minister; Yoshihide Suga, Abe’s Chief Cabinet Secretary; Shigeru Ishiba, a former Minister of Defense; Fumio Kishida, former Foreign Minister, and Taro Kono, the present Foreign Minister.

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