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Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe hospitalized after shooting

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in a statement Friday that the shooting of Shinzo Abe “cannot be forgiven.”

“First and foremost, I pray for the recovery of former Prime Minister Abe,” said Suga, who served from 2020 to 2021, in between Abe’s resignation and the election of current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

He added that the shooting was an act of “barbarity … that denies the basis of democracy, which is the election campaign, and cannot be forgiven by any means.”

Some context: Abe had been in the city of Nara delivering a speech in support of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates, ahead of upcoming Upper House elections, when the shooting happened.

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