Friday, September 30, 2022

Boris Johnson steps down as the UK PM

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In response to a wave of resignations from his top staff in opposition to his leadership, Boris Johnson made the announcement that he would resign as prime minister but would remain in office until a successor is selected.

Following the resignation of dozens of ministers from his scandal-plagued cabinet, Boris Johnson resigned as the head of the British Conservative party, clearing the way for the appointment of a new prime minister.

Johnson stated in front of No. 10 Downing Street, “It is plainly the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader of that party, and thus a new prime minister.”

Johnson, 58, said he will quit after receiving numerous resignations from his senior staff in displeasure with his leadership, but he would continue serving as prime minister until a successor is selected.

After three turbulent years in office marked by Brexit, the Covid epidemic, and constant controversy over his reputation for mendacity, he indicated that the schedule for a Tory leadership contest will be revealed the following week.

Late on Tuesday, resignations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and the Health Secretary Sajid Javid started a chain reaction. Two days after taking office, UK Minister of Education Michelle Donelan announced her resignation on Thursday.

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