Over criticism from Covid, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will retire.

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Over criticism from Covid, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will retire.

Japanese Prime Minister YOSHIHIDE SUGA is poised to quit as the country’s leader, according to government sources.

Mr Suga plans to resign by the end of the month, according to Kyodo News, under mounting pressure over his reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid cases exploded across Japan in the weeks following the Tokyo Olympics.

Covid cases exploded across Japan in the weeks following the Tokyo Olympics.

He has been in office for less than a year when he announced his resignation.

It also happens to be the day before his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has a ministerial election on September 29.

Mr Suga does not intend to run for LDP leader, according to party secretary-general Toshihiro Nikai, who spoke to reporters on Friday.

Instead, the 2019 election will be a race to determine Mr Suga’s successor, with former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida already declaring his candidacy and former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi expressing interest in running.

Because of the LDP’s parliamentary majority, the party’s leader is nearly certain to become the next Prime Minister.

Mr. Suga succeeded Shinso Abe as Prime Minister of Japan last year when Mr. Abe stood down due to health concerns.

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