Japan Prime Minister steps down from his post amid COVID-19 pandemic

Japan Prime Minister steps down from his post amid COVID-19 pandemic

- Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has decided to step down from his post

- The said announcement was made amid the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus disease

- Health is the main reason why the said chief executive is already resigning at the age of 65

- A news site in the Philippines, meanwhile, presented several names that could possibly replace Abe

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Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has decided to step down from his post amid the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.

KAMI learned that the 65-year-old chief executive resigned just a few days after setting the record as the longest-serving leader in the said Asian country.

Based on an article published by The Washington Post (authored by Simon Denyer and David Crawshaw), Abe is currently struggling with his health.

He visited two hospitals already, even fueling the speculations on social media that his health may be faltering.

"My poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions," he quipped in a press briefing.

"As I'm no longer able to meet the expectation of the mandate of the people of Japan, I have decided that I should not stay in the position as prime minister anymore. So I have decided to step down,” he added.

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Japan Prime Minister steps down from his post amid COVID-19 pandemic

Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan. (Photo from Getty Images)
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CNN Philippines also reported that the Prime Minister of Japan is suffering from colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that is not curable.

The said illness was also the reason by he stepped down from his post in 2007, just a year after taking oath.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News presented some names that could potentially replace Abe as the new Prime Minister of Japan following his resignation.

Some of the names mentioned are: Taro Aso (Deputy Prime Minister), Shigeru Ishiba (Former Defense Minister), Yoshihide Suga (Abe’s popular adviser).

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Shinzo Abe is one of the most respected and well-acclaimed Prime Ministers in Japan. He focused his term in reviving his country’s economy through a “policy package” called Abenomics.

A few years ago, he had a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. He said that the Davaoeño politician is quite famous in Japan.

In the Philippines, there are also people who are rallying to oust the President. An “ouster matrix” was even presented, citing that it came from an unknown number.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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