I dont know why they are doing this farce, because everybody knows his condition. The only conclusion I have is that the politicians but also the media is just cruel. They did the same with Merkel. She was sick for a long time. But instead of stepping down, she continued governing. Nobody knew exactly what she has, but during thees long meeting ceremonies it came out that she is somehow sick, so they could not hide it. I dont know for how long that was going on.
Some even wanted her to continue to lead the country.