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LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi offered his condolences to Japan on Friday after the death of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, saying he had lost his life in pursuit of a noble cause to make the world a better place.
Zahawi had earlier deleted a tweet expressing shock at Abe’s death, before there was any update on his condition.
Japan’s longest-serving leader died on Friday after being shot while campaigning for parliamentary elections.
“Today’s news from Japan is heartbreaking,” Zahawi said. “We enter politics to serve and try to make the world a better place. Shinzo Abe lost his life in pursuit of that noble cause. May he rest in eternal peace.”
Zahawi, a former education minister, was appointed to lead Britain’s Treasury on Tuesday as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government began to collapse.
Johnson, who will stand down in the coming months after his Conservative Party turned against him, also expressed shock at the news, saying Britain stands with Japan in this “dark and sad time”.
Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by Angus MacSwan
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