After a week of mass resignation, Boris Johnson finally yielded yesterday to the pressure and resigned as head of the ruling Conservative Party, although blaming his departure on “the herd”. Karla Adam and William Booth had a report in The Washington Post on how it unfolded. Here is an excerpt:
Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, making way for a new prime minister, following an avalanche of resignations by members of his party that eroded his authority and paralyzed the British government.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters and onlookers at the lectern outside 10 Downing Street, Johnson said, “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.”
Johnson did not become emotional, nor did he apologize for the behavior that brought the 58-year-old politician to this low point.
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