Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe 65, has announced his resignation after his eight-year stint in power due to ill health amid reports he had been vomiting blood.

Abe, 65, who made the announcement on Friday August 28, said he had suffered a relapse of a chronic bowel condition -saying he had ‘lost a lot of his energy and strength’ and would need regular medical treatment that would prevent him from tackling the Coronavirus crisis. 

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‘I have been struggling with my illness and I have to get treatment. Poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions,’ he told a press conference.  

Speculation about the Prime Minister’s health started after he made several visits to a Tokyo hospital in the space of one week.

On Monday morning August 24, Abe reportedly visited Keio University Hospital in Tokyo for what was his second hospital visit in a week. There are also reports of the PM vomiting blood due to his health.

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The governing Liberal Democratic Party is expected to appoint an interim leader who will serve until the party can hold a leadership election, according to NHK. 

The leading candidates to replace Mr. Abe include Taro Aso, the long-serving deputy prime minister, and a former prime minister; Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary to Mr. Abe; Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister who once ran against Mr. Abe for party leader; Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister; and Taro Kono, the current foreign minister

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Abe who suffers from colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease, resigned during his first stint as the country’s leader from 2006 to 2007 before he became Prime Minister again in 2012.


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