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| 6 October 2022, Thursday |

Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson to quit as UK prime minister

Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, will quit on Thursday after being abandoned by ministers and Conservative Party MPs who declared he was no longer competent to lead.

With eight ministers leaving in the previous two hours, including two secretaries of state, an isolated and helpless Johnson was ready to accept the inevitable and announce his resignation later Thursday, according to a source.

The Conservatives must now choose a new leader, which may take up to two months. It was unclear if Johnson would or could serve as caretaker prime minister while the new prime minister was appointed.

The Conservatives must now select a new leader, a process that might take up to two months. It was unclear if Johnson would or could act as caretaker prime minister until the next prime minister was named.
Johnson initially refused to quit and appeared poised to dig in, firing Michael Gove, a member of his senior ministerial team who was among the first to advise him he needed to resign, in an attempt to reestablish his authority.

Johnson initially refused to quit and appeared poised to dig in, firing Michael Gove, a member of his senior ministerial team who was among the first to advise him he needed to resign, in an attempt to reestablish his authority.

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  • Reuters