Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation at a press conference on Friday for health reasons, ending several weeks of speculation about his condition.
In a previous meeting with members of his party, the LDP, he asked them to choose his successor to lead the formation as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Abe intends to continue serving as prime minister temporarily without appointing a successor.
The announcement comes just four days after 65-year-old Abe became the prime minister, who served the longest on Monday after serving as head of government for 2,799 consecutive days on Monday, exactly surpassing the record set by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato previously in office between November 1964 and July 1972.
Speculation about the president’s health had increased in recent weeks, particularly after Abe went for tests at a Tokyo hospital on August 17 and revisited the center on Monday.
It’s not the first time Abe has left office due to health problems. In 2007, barely a year after taking office as prime minister, he had to resign due to an intestinal disease and was hospitalized the next day. After returning to power in 2012, he affirmed that he had overcome the health problems that led to his resignation.