Japan's PM Abe to step down due to health concerns

Baku, August 28, AZERTAC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced his intention to resign at a meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, saying he made the decision to minimize the impact of his deteriorating health on the party, according to Kyodo News.

"I will not be able to make proper judgements due to illness," Abe was quoted by an LDP executive as telling party members on his reason for the decision.

Abe will not name an acting prime minister but serve until the next leader is chosen, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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