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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe steps down over declining health

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped down, citing declining health.

Abe announced his decision during a press conference this evening.

"I pull out all the stops for my job as a Prime Minister. I needed to fight against the disease and be treated and I was not really in a perfect state in terms of health condition and, still, I have to make political decisions, important ones," he said.

"I cannot make any mistake in terms of the important position and decisions I make."

Concerns about Abe's chronic health issue, simmering since earlier this summer, intensified this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health check-ups.

Abe confirmed in June a regular check-up showed a sign of the chronic bowel disease.

"I go through treatment and I would like to regain my health again so that I can stand behind a new administration as a politician," he said.


"For the people in Japan, I appreciate your support for about eight years."

In 2007, Abe abruptly resigned from his first stint in office due to his health.

With AP

 

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