Japan's PM Shinzo Abe says he's resigning for health reasons

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Posted at 5:07 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 05:07:39-04

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he’s resigning because a chronic illness has resurfaced.

Concerns about Abe’s health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups.

Abe has acknowledged having ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with treatment.

Abe, whose term ends in September 2021, is expected to stay on until a new party leader is elected and formally approved by the parliament.