British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns

A formal announcement by Johnson is expected later Thursday

Published: July 7, 2022 6:13am

Updated: July 7, 2022 7:40am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday resigned from his post, after days of resignations from his government left him unable to govern.

"I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world," Johnson said from outside the prime minster's official residence at 10 Downing Street, in London.

Johnson up until Wednesday, was steadfast about remaining as prime minister. But he finally agreed to step down after close ally Treasury Chief Nadhim Zahawi told him to do so for the good of the country, according to the Associated Press.

Zahawi’s intervention followed two more members of Johnson’s Cabinet recently resigning, along with three junior officials, bringing the number of those who have left the government this week to over 50.

Johnson will remain as prime minister until a successor is in place, according to The New York Times.

The 58-year-old Johnson was able to remain in power for nearly three years, amid allegations that he was too close to party donors, misled Parliament and was dishonest about government office parties that violate pandemic lockdown rules.

However, recent disclosures that Johnson knew about sexual misconduct allegations against Chris Pincher, a Conservative lawmaker, before he promoted Pincher to a senior position appeared to a final mistake, the wire service also reports.  

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