Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister in history, Shinzo Abe has resigned, citing health reasons.

Abe announced his resignation at a news conference in Tokyo Friday.

Abe said even though there is one year to go in his tenure and there are challenges to be met, He has decided to stand down as prime minister.

Abe has been suffering from colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease, which was also a factor in his sudden resignation as prime minister in 2007, ending his first term after just over a year in office.

On Monday morning, Abe visited Keio University Hospital in Tokyo for what was his second hospital visit in a week.

He told newsmen at the conference that For almost eight years He controlled the chronic disease, however, in June this year he had a regular check-up and there was still a sign of the disease.

Abe had been expected to hold a news conference on Friday to update on the coronavirus situation in Japan.

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