United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has on Thursday officially resigned from his office amidst alleged ethics scandal.
It was learnt that Johnson had earlier refused calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals but after much threw in after more than 40 ministers quit his government and told him to go.
According to a statement delivered at Downing Street on Thursday, Johnson announced his resignation, saying that i”t was clear the Conservative Party needed a new leader.”
Boris Johnson resigns as Prime Minister, confirms that he has appointed a new cabinet and that he will stay in the role until a new leader is in place
In his resignation address Johnson said,
“The timetable will be announced next week.”
“I will serve until there is a new leader in place.”
“The reason I have fought so hard is because I felt it was my duty.”
“I am immensely proud of my achievements.”
“We will continue to back Ukraine.”
“The economic scene is difficult.”
“It is painful not to see my term through.”
Earlier, it was not immediately clear whether Johnson would stay in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, who will replace him as prime minister.
Minutes before the news broke, Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign just 36 hours after Johnson put him in the job, while another newly appointed Cabinet minister quit her post.
Zahawi said Johnson knew “the right thing to do” was to “go now.”
Zahawi was appointed late Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals