Thursday, September 29, 2022

Johnson resigns, will remain Prime Minister of Britain for the time being

LONDON ( Associated Press) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is his Conservative Party’s “apparent desire” to have a new leader as he announced his resignation.

Johnson said on Thursday he would remain as British prime minister while a leadership contest is held to choose his successor.

Critics say he should not be allowed to remain as caretaker prime minister and should be removed from office as soon as possible.

The announcement follows the latest ethics scandal surrounding his leadership, which has led to some 50 senior lawmakers leaving the government.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from Associated Press.

LONDON ( Associated Press) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally succumbed to political reality on Thursday and agreed to resign some 50 senior lawmakers to leave the government after the latest ethics scandal surrounding his leadership.

Johnson was clinging to power for two days, telling lawmakers on Wednesday he had received a “huge mandate” from voters and intended to get on with the business of the government.

But he was forced to concede defeat on Thursday morning after two more members of his cabinet stepped down and one of his close aides, Treasury Chief Nadim Jahavi, publicly called on him to resign for the good of the country.

It was not immediately clear when Johnson would step down.

His resignation would trigger an internal election to choose a new leader of the Conservative Party, who would also be the next prime minister. This process is likely to take place in the summer.

Johnson indicated that he intends to remain in the post until he is eliminated. Such a move would be controversial, and critics say he should not have been allowed to remain as acting prime minister either.

“Now the PM has finally done the good job he needs to hand in the seals of office, apologize to Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II), allow her to appoint a caretaker under whom ministers can serve, so Conservative The party can choose a new leader. Rightfully so,” George Freeman, who stepped down as science minister on Thursday, said in a tweet.

Jahvi, who was promoted as Johnson earlier this week, sought to shore up his cabinet, saying he and a group of his aides had expressed their concerns privately to the prime minister on Wednesday. and decided to go public after Johnson ignored advice to resign.

“I am saddened that he did not listen and is now undermining the incredible achievements of this government,” Jahavi said in a letter posted on Twitter. “But the country deserves a government that is not only stable, but works honestly.”

Thursday morning’s resignation meant 50 cabinet secretaries, ministers and lower-level officials had left the government in two days, often rebuking the prime minister for his lack of integrity. With more than 20 posts vacant, the crisis had halted the functioning of some parliamentary committees as no ministers were available to speak on behalf of the government.

It is a humiliating defeat for Johnson, who succeeded in pulling Britain out of the European Union and has been credited with launching one of the world’s most successful mass vaccination campaigns to combat COVID-19.

But the perpetual leader, known to greet critics with glee and glee, also faced criticism that he was willing to bend and sometimes break rules to achieve his goals. .

Johnson, 58, managed to stay in power for nearly three years, despite allegations that he was too close to party donors, shielded supporters from allegations of bullying and corruption, and misled parliament about government office parties , who broke the pandemic lockdown rules.

Recent revelations that Johnson was aware of sexual misconduct allegations against a Conservative MP before he was promoted to a senior position in the government proved to be a scandal.

The crisis began when Chris Pincher resigned as deputy chief whip amid allegations that two men colluded at a private club. This triggered a series of reports about the previous charges leveled against Pincher.

Johnson tried to deflect the criticism with shifting explanations about what he knew and when he knew it, but it just ignites concerns that the prime minister cannot be trusted. .

Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Treasury chief Rishi Sunak resigned within minutes of each other on Tuesday night, prompting a wave of departures among their cabinet colleagues and lower-level officials.

Javid captured the mood of many lawmakers when he said Johnson’s actions threatened to undermine the integrity of the Conservative Party and the British government.

“At some point we have to conclude that enough is enough,” he said Wednesday in the House of Commons. “I believe that point is now.”

Bernard Jenkin, a senior Conservative Party MP, told the BBC he met with Johnson later in the day and advised him to step down.

“I just told him, ‘Look when you go now, and that’s how you go. You can go on with some dignity or you can be forced to act like Donald Trump clings to power and pretend it’ That when he lost, he won the election.


Follow all of Associated Press’s coverage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson at https://apnews.com/hub/boris-johnson

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