Shinzo Abe resigns as Japan’s Prime Minister over health issues

The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced his resignation because of worsening health conditions, opening a leadership contest in the world’s third-largest economy.

Shinzo Abe reported that his chronic illness of ulcerative colitis has resurfaced, a condition he acknowledged having since childhood.

Shinzo Abe has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years and two recent hospital visits within a week had fanned questions on whether he could stay in the job until the end of his term as a ruling party leader, and hence, premier, in September 2021. JDU to launch its digital portal on September 2, for Bihar Assembly Election

The Japanese Prime Minister’s term ends in September 2021, and he will remain in power until a new party leader is elected and formally approved by the Parliament.

In a press conference, Shinzo Abe said, “I have decided to step down from the post of the prime minister, Now that I am not able to fulfill the mandate from the people with confidence, I have decided that I should no longer occupy the position of the prime minister.”

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the people of Japan for leaving my post with one year left in my term of office, and amid the coronavirus woes, while various policies are still in the process of being implemented,” Abe said, bowing deeply.

Shinichi Nishikawa, a professor of political science at Meiji University in Tokyo, said that Abe’s decision comes as ‘a big surprise’. Bihar Assembly Election: state approve funds for Investment Promotion Policy 2020

To replace him as president a resignation or an announced intention to resign would trigger a vote within Mr. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

To elect a new prime minister, this election would be followed by a parliamentary vote. The winner would hold the post until the end of Mr. Abe’s term in September 2021.

 

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.