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Boris Johnson resigned as UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson, under unbearable pressure after losing the support of his British Conservative Party due to incessant scandals, resigned as leader of the formation on Thursday, but will remain in the post of prime minister until his successor is chosen.

“It is clearly the will of the conservative parliamentary group that there is a new leader of the party and, therefore, a new prime minister,” Johnson acknowledged when announcing his resignation in a message to the nation in front of the famous black door of number 10 Downing Street.

Johnson, who appeared surrounded by his closest collaborators, in addition to his wife Carrie with one of his daughters, stressed that the process to replace him has already begun and that a calendar will be offered next week. However, he recalled that until the Conservatives elect a new leader, he will continue to head the government on an interim basis, despite the fact that there are many inside and outside his party who are demanding that he leave now.

The Conservative Party will now have to elect a new leader during the summer to replace the prime minister, probably from October, as its leader and therefore as head of government.

Johnson, 58, announced that he would step down after a series of resignations from his main team in protest of his leadership. He acknowledged that in the last few hours he had tried to convince his government that it would be “strange” to replace him now and regretted having “failed” in these discussions, while admitting that “in politics, no one is essential.”

The conservative leader also said that he was “sad to give up the best job in the world” and justified continuing to fight in the last few hours to fulfill the mandate that he won in the general elections of December 2019.

“I felt that it was my job, my duty, my obligation to continue what we started in 2020, ″ he said.

The premier added that he was “immensely proud” of his government’s achievements, such as Brexit, the pandemic crisis and dealing with Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“Being prime minister is an education in itself. I have traveled to every corner of the UK and found that many people had a borderless originality and were willing to tackle old problems in a different way,” added Johnson.

The still prime minister believes that now there will be many people who feel “relieved”, but also many who feel “disappointed”, but “such is life”.

“Even if things may seem dark at times now, our future together is golden,” he added.

Opposition Leader Labor Keir Starmer said Johnson’s future departure is “good news” but it is not enough.

“We need a real change of government,” he said considering a motion of censure against the government to hasten the calling of early general elections.

Johnson, who had won the 2019 general election with a majority, agreed to resign after more than 50 members of his Executive resigned in protest against his management and the scandals that have dotted the “premier” in recent years. months. The incessant bloodletting began on Tuesday with the resignation of two heavyweights: Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid.

Still, even as he watched the exit, Johnson tried Thursday to steady the ship with several appointments to replace departed cabinet members.

The appointments included Greg Clark, an archenemy who opposes Britain’s divorce from the European Union, which Johnson had championed.

But the departure on Thursday of Education Minister Michelle Donelan and Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi’s call for resignation, in their posts for just two days, seemed to tip the balance along with warnings of a new no-confidence motion by the of Conservative MPs.

Surrounded by scandals

Johnson had made the many scandals that surround him forget for a few months thanks to his determined action in helping Ukraine against the Russian invasion. The Kremlin said on Thursday it wanted “more professional people” to come to power in Britain.

In early June, Johnson survived a no-confidence vote by his own MPs, thanks to the support of 211 of his 359 lawmakers, but the 148 votes against him made it clear that discontent was growing. According to British media, he would now only have the support of 65 deputies.

The norms of the Conservative Party establish that this procedure cannot be repeated in a year. But many were already asking for a change to immediately try another maneuver against him.

From the so-called “partygate” -the scandal over the parties organized in Downing Street during the confinements of 2020 and 2021-, to the irregular financing of the luxurious reform of his official residence, going through accusations of cronyism, the scandals around Johnson they multiplied.

The resignations of Javid and Sunak took place hours after Johnson apologized for the umpteenth time, acknowledging that he made a “mistake” by appointing Chris Pincher, a Conservative official who resigned last week accused of groping two men, one of them deputy.

Having claimed otherwise, Downing Street acknowledged on Tuesday that the prime minister had been informed in 2019 of earlier allegations against Pincher, but had “forgotten” them.

Now Defense Minister Ben Wallace and Rishi Sunak, whose departure as finance minister on Tuesday led to the exodus of the rest of the ministers, were among the first candidates to succeed Johnson, according to a YouGov poll of members of the conservative party.

Those members will decide the new leader once Tory MPs have narrowed the contenders down to two finalists.

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José Martí
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