Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, has just resigned due to health reasons.
According to CNN, he told a news conference on Friday that although there is still a year left of his term in office and there are still challenges to overcome, he has decided to retire as prime minister.
He apologized to the people of Japan for not being able to fulfill his duties during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe suffers from colitis, an incurable inflammatory disease of his intestines. It was also a factor in his sudden resignation as prime minister in 2007. He then ended his first term after just one year, CNN reported.
Abe visited Keio University Hospital in Tokyo on Monday morning.
“I controlled my chronic illness for eight years. But this year in June I had a routine examination and there were signs that the disease was flaring up.”
He added that he had to make a decision and he chose to resign.
“I have to fight the disease and I have to get treatment.”
Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, tweeted on Friday that Abe had achieved great things in his stewardship of the UN-Japan relationship which has become increasingly strong in trade, defense and cultural links.