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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation on Thursday. Earlier, he addressed the nation. However, a statement issued by Downing Street said that Boris Johnson will remain in the post of Prime Minister until a new leader is elected.
Johnson said in the beginning of the address that it is clear from the developments so far that the parliamentary party now wants a new leader of the party to sit in the post of Prime Minister. He said that the schedule of the competition for the new PM will be given next week. Johnson said today he has set up a cabinet to serve until the next prime minister is appointed.
Johnson also appeared very emotional during his address. He said that in 2019, under my leadership, the party got the biggest majority after 1987. Our vote share was the highest since 1979. I am proud of all the work I have done during my tenure. He talked about taking the country out of the Corona epidemic with Brexit. He also mentioned about the success of the vaccination program. Johnson said that even in helping Ukraine, Britain has shown the way to the whole world. Concluding his address, he thanked his party colleagues.
Johnson said, “The government has a lot to do for the rest of the term. I tried to convince my colleagues that changing the prime minister would be a wrong move. But I could not convince them.” He said that there is no one in politics which is very important even at a distance. Making fun of the party’s electoral system, he said that soon we will get a new leader from this model. Johnson made it clear that many would be disappointed by his departure and that he himself was saddened to leave the best job in the world.
Prior to this, more than 39 ministers and parliamentary secretaries of Johnson have also left his side. Johnson’s ministers resigned from their posts less than 24 hours after a rebellion by lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party. Since then, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also under pressure to step down.
Senior ministers had given advice to quit
Adding to Prime Minister Johnson’s crisis, senior ministers in his government went to the Prime Minister’s residence 10, Downing Street on Wednesday evening and asked him to step down. The most important thing was that Home Minister Priti Patel, who was considered to be her staunch supporter, was also included in these ministers. Johnson met individually to put pressure on ministers. But more than 15 of his ministers are understood to have insisted on a change of leadership to improve the Conservative Party’s prospects in the next election.