England’s Prime Minister was once quite popular. He was elected in 2019 as leader of the Conservative Party, securing “an historic landslide victory, winning seats in parts of the country that had never voted Conservative before,” reports the BBC. But on Thursday, he gave his resignation speech, under heavy pressure from his own party.
What led to the once popular leader’s downfall was not his politics or policies, but his character and lack of trustworthiness, according to both his cabinet and the British public.
Johnson’s resignation “comes after dozens of officials, aides and members of his Cabinet quit his government, saying they could no longer serve under his leadership. Several former Cabinet ministers told him he should resign,” reports NPR.
The AP tweeted out a video of Johnson’s career:
The BBC reports that “[s]candals that would have sunk other politicians appeared to have no effect on [Boris Johnson]. He was always able to bounce back. His gaffes and blunders became part of his brand.” But a series of ethics scandals since he became Prime Minister finally forced him to step down. He insisted, however, that he will continue as “caretaker leader” until his party replaces him.
Here’s Johnson’s resignation speech:
Speaking in front of the 10 Downing Street door, Johnson announced, “It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore, a new prime minister. The process of choosing that new leader should begin now.”
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The reign of Boris Johnson is over. His party had enough of his scandals, even though they seemed pleased with his policies. Did you follow Prime Minister Johnson? What did you think of him?