Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his predecessor Shinzo Abe was in a “very serious condition” after the attack by a gunman against him at a pre-election event in Nara (west).
He described the attempt on the life of the former head of government and current MP of the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) as a “barbaric act” committed “in the midst of an election campaign”, stressing that elections are “the foundation of democracy” and their tarnishing is “absolutely unforgivable”.
Mr Kishida added that he was praying for the survival of Mr Abe, 67, his political mentor — he was foreign minister in his government from 2012 to 2017, as reported by international agencies and relayed by the Athens News Agency.
Japan’s prime minister also said that now was “not the time” to discuss the implementation of the weapons policy.
Source: News Beast
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