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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns

The British prime minister has stepped down amid a non-stop wave of officials resigning

Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Tory leader and prime minister of the British government on Thursday. He leaves amid several high-profile scandals, and following a wave of resignations of senior cabinet members.

Johnson capped his short address by expressing gratitude to his wife and family for enduring the hard times. He also thanked cabinet members who stood by him, and the British voters who entrusted him with the leadership of the country.

Johnson will remain acting head of the government and Tory leader until a new person is selected for the jobs.


The long list of high-ranking officials who have recently left the government, dissatisfied with Johnson, includes Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

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Johnson fired Leveling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove on Wednesday, who, according to UK media, urged Johnson to step down.

Despite surviving a no-confidence vote in Parliament last month, Johnson and his cabinet have been increasingly embroiled in a number of controversies. In May, an internal inquiry confirmed that government officials had routinely flouted Covid-19 social distancing rules, and several of them, including Johnson himself, were fined.


On Tuesday, Johnson admitted that he made a “bad mistake” by appointing Chris Pincher as deputy chief whip, an official tasked with marshaling government procedures. Pincher resigned from his post late last week following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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