The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced on Thursday that he will resign from the position of the Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
“The process of choosing that new leader should begin now,” said Johnson outside his Downing Street. “And today I have appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will until a new leader is in place,” he added.
The Conservative Party will have to begin the process of electing a new leader, which could take weeks or months.
Johnson’s resignation came after over 50 lawmakers from his government quited on him, saying that he failed as a leader.
It has been one month since the British PM barely survived the no-confidence vote brought by his own party, claiming that he had failed as a leader on several events that had happened in the U.K., especially the breaking of Covid protocol during the lockdown whereas politicians were partying and intoxicating at Downing Street.
The last straw seems to be the case of Chris Pincher, Minister for Europe and Americas, Minister of Housing and Deputy Chief Whip, as 10 Downing Street known as Number 10 claimed that the PM had known of Pincher’s allegation of pest-minister scandal in the past, but forgot at the time of appointing Pincher to the position, which resulted in an incident last week over the groping allegation against Pincher, claiming that he had drunk ‘far too much’.
Boris Johnson apologized on Tuesday for appointing Pincher deputy chief whip despite knowing of an investigation into the scandal which raised questions among his party of why he appointed Pincher in the first place.
Many Number 10 said that the PM did not know or forgot about Pincher’s past.