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    Japan PM Shinzo Abe to resign after 7 consecutive years; cites health concerns

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to step down from his post citing his ill-health, reported several local media outlets on Friday.

    However, there was no official confirmation of the report.

    Rumours of Shinzo Abe’s stepping down from the post of PM has intensified in recent days after his two surprise visits to the hospital for unspecified medical checks. However, senior officials in his government have suggested that Abe would serve his office for the remaining of the year.

    According to reports, the Japanese minister has long suffered from an autoimmune condition called ulcerative colitis.

    This is the second time Abe would be resigning from his position, as earlier in 2007, he stepped down as PM citing health issues just after one year into his first term.

    He resigned abruptly from his previous term because of his illness. The condition is said to be aggravated by stress.

    On Monday, Abe marked his 2,799th consecutive day in office since bouncing back to leadership in late 2012 for a second term in office and became Japan’s longest-serving leader.

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