Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced his intention to step down at a nationally televised press conference, citing his declining health, APA reports citing 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. He told senior party officials to quickly pick his successor.
Abe will not name an acting prime minister but serve until the next leader is chosen. The LDP will decide next Tuesday on how to hold a leadership election, with parliamentarians and representatives of local chapters likely casting ballots, according to sources familiar with the matter.