Shinzo Abe is likely to resign

There has long been speculation about the health of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – no one is in office while in the country. Now he wants to quit his job.

According to local media reports, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce his resignation at a press conference on Friday. Background is a deterioration in his health, the NHK broadcaster reported.

There has been speculation about Abe’s health in Japan for weeks, sparked by two recent hospital visits by the prime minister.

Abe has been in office longer than almost any other head of government. Last Monday, that was 2,799 days. The 65-year-old has been Prime Minister of Japan and Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party since December 2012. His term as head of government expired in September 2021.

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