mbattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally resigned, setting the path for the election of a new British Prime Minister.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Boris Johnson announced his resignation as British PM on Thursday.
Johnson confirmed the process to appoint a new leader would begin now, with a timetable set out next week.
“I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world, but them’s the breaks.
“No one in politics is remotely indispensable,” Johnson said, speaking from Downing Street.
He thanked millions of people who voted Conservative at the last election, and gave a reason why he fought so long to remain in office.
“I thought it was my job, my duty and my obligation to you,” Johnson said.
TNG reports Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019.
He will, however, remain as PM until a successor is in place, expected to be by the time of the Conservative Party conference in October.
Johnson was weakened by anger about Partygate, in which his administration was accused of hosting parties on government property despite government guidance to avoid social gatherings due to COVID-19.
Then allegations arose that he had picked Chris Pincher for key party roles in spite of knowing about accusations of sexual misconduct against Pincher.
Johnson’s resignation came after the prime minister haemorrhaged support among his ministers and member of his Tory party.
More than 50 lawmakers resigned from government or party roles since Tuesday night when the mass exodus was triggered by the resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid from the Cabinet.
The prime minister had sought to defy his critics and carry on in the office, in spite of warnings from Cabinet colleagues that this was not sustainable.
But resignations continued and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi who was only appointed to the role on Tuesday, went public with his call for the prime minister to quit.
The timetable for the Tory leadership contest would be agreed upon between the 1922 Committee, which ran the parliamentary proceedings to whittle the candidates down to two, and Conservative headquarters.
But critics of the prime minister suggested he should not be allowed to remain in office until October.
George Freeman, who quit as science minister on Thursday, said that now Johnson had finally done the decent thing, he should hand in the seals of office, and apologise to her majesty.
“To allow her to appoint a caretaker under whom ministers can serve, so the Conservative Party can choose a new leader properly.’’