Ex-Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Dies

The Ex-Prime minister died at the age of 67.

Ex-Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Dies
The late former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. /AFP

Japan Ex-Prime minister Shinzo Abe who was earlier shot while giving a campaign speech in Nara, has died.

It was reported that Abe was shot in his chest and neck, leaving him in critical condition. He was airlifted to the hospital for emergency treatment but the efforts of medics failed to bear positive results.

Shinzo Abe was one of the prime ministers who served Japan for the longest time.

The late former Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House. /PSCU

The Ex-Prime minister died at the age of 67.

Shinzo Abe became Japan's longest-serving prime minister in November 2019 but by 2020, public support diminished due to his methods of handling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a series of scandals such as the arrest of his former minister on grounds of misuse of the office.

Abe resigned in 2020 over the Olympic Games which were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since joined fellow world leaders in mourning the late Abe, terming him as a dear friend and development ally of the Kenyan nation.

"It is utterly shocking and somewhat unbelievable to learn of the death of my friend, and one of Kenya's foremost development ally, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a savage shooting incident," President Kenyatta mourned.

Abe, who retired in 2020, visited Nairobi in 2016 during the 6th TICAD conference, during which he held bilateral talks with President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.