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New Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi deletes Tweet about Shinzo Abe shooting


Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim Zahawi



Nadhim Zahawi

New Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has faced criticism after he took to Twitter to declare ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dead despite no official confirmation.

The Tweet has now been deleted but social media users branded it "embarrassing".

It follows a gun attack on Mr Abe, who is believed to be fighting for his life after being shot twice.


One social media user wrote: "You are embarrassing yourself (and your colleagues in the UK cabinet). Wait for official Japanese announcements before you tweet something like this."

Another said: "Maybe let Japan break this news, not you? Japan still saying he’s fighting for his life."

Mr Abe is in a "grave condition" after being shot twice in the chest from behind by a gunman in an assassination attempt.

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The former prime minister was on Thursday giving a public speech on the campaign trail for a national election, when two shots were heard before Mr Abe collapsed to the ground.

Public broadcaster NHK said a man armed with an apparently homemade gun opened fire. He is now in police custody. 

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