British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it is “clearly the will” of his Conservative Party that there should be a new leader as he announced his resignation Thursday.
He said he will remain as prime minister while a leadership contest is held to choose his successor, despite a push from many critics, who say he should be removed from office as soon as possible.
The announcement came after the latest ethics scandal around his leadership led some 50 senior lawmakers to quit the government.
After ministers, including two secretaries of state, continued to quit the government early on Thursday saying the scandal-plagued leader was no longer fit to govern, an isolated and powerless Johnson bowed to bow to the inevitable and declare he was stepping down, a source said.
Johnson had been deserted by all but a handful of allies after the latest in a series of scandals broke their willingness to support him.
“His resignation was inevitable,” Justin Tomlinson, deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, said on Twitter. “As a party we must quickly unite and focus on what matters. These are serious times on many fronts.”
The Conservatives will now have to elect a new leader, a process which could take weeks or months.
A snap YouGov poll found that defense minister Ben Wallace was the favorite among Conservative Party members to replace Johnson, followed by junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt and former finance minister Rishi Sunak. Continue reading at Newsmax.
BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his resignation speech.— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 7, 2022
"I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps, quite a few who will also be disappointed and I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world." pic.twitter.com/KZOzMyjKCz