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Japan’s Longest-Serving PM Shinzo Abe Resigns Over Health Issues

Mumbai: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced his resignation, officially citing health-related issues.

“In June of 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 news conference, Sputnik reported.

He said, “But in the middle of the last month, my physical condition changed, and I felt very tired. The recurrence of the disease was confirmed earlier this month.”

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

“In politics, achieving results is the most important thing. Facing illness and treatment and in a bad physical form, I could not let myself make mistakes in important political decisions and fail to get results,” he continued.

Sputnik further added, “I have decided that I should not leave the post of Prime Minister, as I can no longer strongly lift the mandate given to the public. I have decided to resign from the post of Prime Minister.”

During his long term period as Prime Minister,  Abe is known internationally for his government’s economic policies, nicknamed Abenomics, which pursue monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms. 

(With Agency Inputs)

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