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British PM Boris Johnson Desperately Tries To Hang On to Power

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Dowing Street before attending the Prime Minister's Questions session in Parliament in London, this Wednesday.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Dowing Street before attending the Prime Minister's Questions session in Parliament in London, this Wednesday. | Photo: EFE/ Tolga Akmen

Published 6 July 2022
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On Wednesday, the British Prime Minister said that he will stay in office despite the mass resignation of his ministers. So far 44 ministers and aides have resigned from Johnson's government.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday that he would remain in power, regardless of the resignations of two of the key ministers in his Cabinet, followed by other ministers and aides resigning in light of his scandal-tainted administration.

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On Tuesday, Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak, health secretary and chancellor of the Exchequer presented their resignations in response to the PM's scandal-tainted leadership. They both criticized Johnson's administration; he "can no longer, in good conscience, continue serving in this government," said Javid in his resignation letter, while  Sunak criticized the government's lack of competence.

This has resulted in the emergence of a string of resignations, where about 20 ministers and aides walking out are quitting their posts before the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons celebrated on Wednesday afternoon.

"The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances when he has been handed a colossal mandate is to keep going, and that's what I am going to do," responded the British Prime Minister when asked by lawmakers if he would resign. "It's exactly when times are tough when the country faces pressures on the economy and pressures on their budgets and when we have the biggest war in Europe for 80 years, that is exactly the moment that you'd expect a government to continue with its work, not to walk away, and to get on with the job," he added.

Former secretary of state for Wales, Simon Hart, just resigned, raising the number of cabinet members who have resigned up to three - alongside Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak.

For months the UK PM has been striving to stay in power after a few scandals in which he was involved have made the headlines. So far, 44 ministers and aides have resigned from Johnson's government.

Johnson's appointment of lawmaker Christopher Pincher to deputy chief whip, ignoring several complaints about his alleged sexual misconduct, seemed to have been the last straw for many.

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