Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, 65, has stepped down from his current post as his chronic illness has resurfaced.
Abe’s term is due in September next year, saying that it was gut-wrenching to leave so many of goals unfinished.
“Despite of the support… even though I have one year to go in my tenure… and with other challenges that have not been addressed yet amid the coronavirus outbreak, I decided to step down as the prime minister. I would like to send my apologies to the people of Japan,” he said in a press conference.
Abe said that his ulcerative colitis was under control until earlier this year but was found to have relapsed in June when he had an annual check-up.