UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns
The newest ethics issue surrounding British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prompted about 50 senior legislators to resign from the cabinet, and on Thursday, Johnson finally gave in to political pressure and announced his resignation. Johnson had held onto power for two days before adamantly declaring to lawmakers on Wednesday that he had received a “colossal mandate” from the people and that he was ready to resume his duties as president. But on Thursday morning, he was forced to admit defeat as two more of his Cabinet members resigned and Treasury Chief Nadhim Zahawi openly urged ham to step down for the welfare of the nation.
Johnson’s departure date was not immediately known, though. The Conservative Party will hold an internal election to choose a new leader, who will also serve as the country’s next prime minister. The summer is most likely when that process will occur. Johnson made it clear that he intended to hold onto his position until it was over. This course of action would be contentious, and many argue that he shouldn’t be permitted to continue even as caretaker prime minister.
With the resignations on Thursday morning, 50 Cabinet secretaries, ministers, and other lower-level officials had left the government over the previous two days, frequently criticizing the prime minister for his lack of moral character. The problem had caused more than 20 positions to be vacant, which had slowed down some parliamentary committees’ operations because there were no ministers available to represent the administration. It is a devastating loss for Johnson, who was credited for launching one of the most effective mass immunization campaigns in the world to combat COVID-19 and successfully guiding Britain out of the European Union.
However, the constantly disheveled leader who was infamous for responding to detractors with bombast and bluster was also criticized for his willingness to bend and occasionally breach the law in order to further his objectives. Despite accusations that he was too close to party contributors, that he shielded supporters from harassment and corruption accusations, and that he deceived Parliament about government office parties that violated pandemic lockdown regulations, Johnson, 58, was able to hold onto power for over three years.
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