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Japan's Abe apologizes for abrupt resignation
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19:57, September 24, 2007

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Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference late Monday to apologize for his abrupt announcement of resignation on Sept. 12.

At the press conference, held at the hospital where he had been in since the next day of his resignation announcement, Abe said the main reason for his resignation was his bad health condition.

"I apologize for announcing I was resigning soon after delivering a policy speech to parliament, which was the worst timing," Abe was quoted by Kyodo News as saying, adding that he felt sorry for causing political turmoil.

He also apologized for not making clear the real reason behind his resignation when he first announced the decision on Sept. 12 as he thought it's inappropriate to tell his personal health condition.

The ailing premier is scheduled to attend a plenary session of the lower house on Tuesday to witness Yasuo Fukuda's being procedurally appointed as new prime minister, Kyodo said.

Abe's first open apology was on Sunday, when he sent a letter to his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to say sorry for leading to political vacuum.

After LDP's crushing defeat in July's upper house election, Abe refused to step down to take responsibility as was urged by many politicians. However, less than a month after the Cabinet reshuffle and only two days after making a policy speech, he abruptly announced resignation.

The decision was slapped by both oppositions and some members of the ruling camp for wasting tax payers' money for the 13-day adjournment of the parliament due to his sudden resignation.

Source: Xinhua



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