World Leader Makes Gut-Wrenching Decision to Resign

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced that he will resign due to poor health. 

At a press conference in Tokyo, Abe, 65, said that he had been struggling with his health since mid-July and that he’s ready to leave his position to a successor as soon as his party chooses one in the next month.

“My poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions,” he said. “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.”

Abe recently surpassed the record for the longest consecutive tenure as prime minister, which was set by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato half-a-century ago.

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