Shinzo Abe formally resigned from his post, citing health complications and inability to fulfil his roles. He is the longest-serving prime minister in Japan.
“Even though there is one year to go in my tenure and there are challenges to be met, I have decided to stand down as prime minister,” Abe said during a press conference on Friday in Tokyo. He also apologizes to the citizens of Japan for not being able to fulfil all of his responsibilities during the pandemic.
Based on reports, Abe is suffering from colitis–an inflammatory bowel disease that doesn’t have any cure. It is one of the reasons why he resigned as a prime minister way back in 2007. During that time, he ended his first term as a prime minister a year after he got into office. Last week Monday, Abe went to the Keio University Hospital in Tokyo. Apparently, it was his second time that week he visited the hospital.