Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to resign over health issues – local media
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will step down due to personal medical issues, according to multiple outlets. The Japanese leader is scheduled to give a news conference later on Friday.
The 65-year-old prime minister has made two hospital visits in the past two weeks, fueling speculation that his health is failing. Japan’s NHK was the first to report that Abe intends to resign, with other outlets later corroborating the scoop.
Notably, Friday’s press conference will be Abe’s first full-length press briefing since June 18.
Abe suffers from ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory disease. In 2007, complications from the illness forced him to end his first term early. Abe returned to office in 2012 after his health recovered.
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