Abe has been serving as Prime Minister for 2799 consecutive days as of the 24th local time, surpassing the consecutive tenure of his grandfather, Rongzuo Sato, a new record, Japan Economic News reported on the 28th. Now, if Abe resigns, the LDP needs to elect its next president. The new presidents term will continue for the rest of Abes term, which is until the end of September 2021.
Shi bomao, a former LDP secretary, is regarded as a strong candidate for competition. Mr. Ishida, the head of the Political Consultative Conference, is also exploring the way to take office. In addition, Kan Yiwei, Chief Cabinet Secretary, and Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and finance minister, are also candidates for the new president.
Abes ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease. In December 2007, Abe, who became Prime Minister for the first time, announced his resignation because of the deterioration of his health. At that time, he did not find any omen at that time, which caused many media to criticize him for escaping on the spot. This time, novel coronavirus pneumonia suddenly quit.
Abe visited Qingying university hospital twice on August 17 and 24, and the news about his poor health has not been stopped. Within the Japanese government and the ruling party, there are different opinions on Abes health. This year, in response to the epidemic, he worked for many days in a row. His holiday to go to the villa in Shanli County as usual in the summer vacation was cancelled. Some media photographed him walking unnaturally with his hands on the wall. Abe will hold a press conference on the evening of the 28th to explain the reasons for his resignation.