TOKYO – Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed gratitude to his successor Yoshihide Suga for “taking over the job” when he resigned last year due to ill-health.
“I am very grateful to him,” Abe, the country’s longest-serving prime minister, said in a tweet on Saturday.
He has managed his chronic illness -- ulcerative colitis for nearly eight years, but had suffered a relapse of the disease.
Suga, who served as Abe’s chief cabinet secretary for seven years and eight months, is completing his former boss’ term as Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) head — and prime minister — until end of September.
On Friday, he announced that he would not seek re-election as party leader, signaling the end of his tenure.
The LDP presidential election will take place on Sept. 29. - Florenda Corpuz
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