Japan's Yoshihide Suga has is all set to resign as the Prime Minister has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader in a vote this month.
Effectively ending his tenure after just one year, Suga said he will resign at an emergency meeting of senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Earlier, domestic media had reported that Suga was to call a snap election but Suga had said he had no plans to do so.
Suga was struggling to shore up support and attract high-profile backers ahead of a leadership contest and a general election.
The 72-year-old took office last September from his powerful predecessor Shinzo Abe with support of about 70 per cent.