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Boris Johnson resigns as British PM amid huge political storm

LONDON, July 7, 2022

Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was resigning as Britain's prime minister, bowing to calls from ministerial colleagues and lawmakers in his Conservative Party. 
 
His resignation follows a huge revolt from his conservative party, during which more than 50 lawmakers resigned in a 36-hour period starting on Tuesday night, reported Reuters.
 
"The process of choosing that new leader should begin now," Johnson said at the door of Number 10 Downing Street.
 
"And today I have appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place."
 
Johnson, the UK’s prime minister since 2019 and the spearhead of the 2016 Brexit campaign, was forced to step down once his colleagues said they could no longer continue to serve under Johnson, and most called for him to step down.
 
More than 50 lawmakers resigned in a 36-hour period starting on Tuesday night, when Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, and Sajid Javid, the health secretary, quit the government.



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