Boris Johnson to quit as UK prime minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation on Thursday, bowing to pressure from within his own party after a series of scandals and a mass exodus of government officials..

Johnson, 58, said he would remain as prime minister until a new leader is chosen by the Conservative Party. He said he had agreed with the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs, that the process of choosing a new leader should begin now..

Johnson’s resignation follows months of turmoil for his government, which has been hit by a series of scandals, including allegations of lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street. In recent weeks, more than 50 government officials have resigned, including several cabinet ministers..

Johnson’s decision to resign came after a meeting with the 1922 Committee on Wednesday evening. The committee had told Johnson that he had lost the confidence of the party and that he should step down..

In a statement outside Downing Street on Thursday morning, Johnson said that he had .

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