Boris Johnson will step down as prime minister
Islam News -Standing alone at a lectern in front of 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson announced that he would step down after three years as Britain’s prime minister, the result of a wholesale rebellion of his cabinet, a wave of government resignations and a devastating loss of party support prompted by recent scandals.
According to The New York Times, Johnson tried to hold on to his job in recent days. But a dizzying 48 hours, during which two of his highest-ranking ministers resigned, left him with little chance at maintaining support in Parliament. “Most prime ministers would have gotten the message sooner,” said Andrew Gimson, one of Johnson’s biographers.
“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader,” Johnson said, adding that he would stay on in his post until one was chosen.
Timeline: At the very latest, the Conservatives will want to install his successor by the time of the party conference in the fall. Whether Johnson will be able to stay in power that long, given the intense backlash, is not clear.
Who’s next: Many potential candidates reflect a more representative face of the Conservative Party: Jeremy Hunt, the former foreign secretary; Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the Exchequer; and Liz Truss, the foreign secretary. Here’s what to know about them.
Source: The New York Times