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Japan PM Abe announces resignation over worsening health

Ruling LDP gears up to pick successor to nation's longest-serving leader

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his decision to step down on Aug. 28. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation on Friday, saying his declining health would make it difficult to carry on.

"I decided that I should not stay in the position of prime minister as I am no longer able to perform my duty confidently," Abe told reporters.

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