Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe has resigned
Making the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday the longest-serving Japanese prime minister in history apologised to the people of Japan for being unable to fulfill his duties during the coronavirus pandemic. Abe said “Even though there is one year to go in my tenure and there are challenges to be met, I have decided to stand down as prime minister,” .
Citing reasons for his resignation he said “For almost eight years I controlled my chronic disease, however, this year in June I had a regular check-up and there was a sign of the disease,” he added. “I made a judgment that I should not continue my job as prime minister” said Abe. “I need to fight the disease and need to be treated.”.
Abe said he will remain in office until a successor is chosen.
Japan is not a presidential system, the country’s leader is chosen by parliamentarians.