On Friday, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan announced that he will resign from his post because of his bad health, reported Japan Times.
The leader of Japan said that seeing the increasing number of COVID-19 infections and with new measures for winters, “now is the best time to step down.”
He further said that he has been noticing his health since June, but did not want to create a sudden vacancy because of his health.
Prime Minister said that Japan must have a new leader before the country faces influenza and COVID-19 this winter. Moreover, he refused to recommend any of his successors and said that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party should elect the member.
Abe’s term ends in September 2021. He is expected to continue till a new party leader is elected and formally approved by the Parliament.
Tomomi Inada, the senior lawmaker and close aid of Abe said that Abe had made an announcement that he is planning to step down during an emergency meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reported AFP.
Earlier this month, Abe visited hospital two times within a week. As per reports, Abe wanted to resign to avoid causing trouble for his government.
However, Japanese government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga had earlier quashed speculation that Abe may be unable to serve his term and claimed the prime minister remained in good health. “In terms of the prime minister’s health, the prime minister himself has said he wishes to work hard and I see him every day and feel that there is no change in his condition,” Suga had told reporters at a press conference.
On Monday, Abe became Japan’s-longest serving Prime Minister, and on the same day, he visited the hospital recently. Before him, his uncle had the title of Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister.
For many years, Abe has been suffering from ulcerative colitis. According to BBC, his condition became worse recently.