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LONDON – Boris Johnson took one of his last walks down 10 Downing Street this week. After other government officials urged him to resign, the UK prime minister stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, leading to his departure as prime minister. -minister.
Until the very end, the flamboyant leader blamed his fall on political madness. “The herd instinct is very strong,” he remarked. “In politics, there is no one even remotely indispensable.”
In fact, however, most analysts say the main reason for Johnson’s downfall was a loss of credibility following a series of scandals, including alleged misconduct. during COVID-19 quarantine and most recently his promotion to an MP accused of sexual harassment.
On Friday, Johnson again said he would remain as “interim” or “provisional” prime minister until his party chooses a successor. It is expected that this will happen no earlier than the beginning of September.
One of those who didn’t like it: the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer. “He needs to go completely,” Starmer said. “No nonsense about clinging on for a few months.”
Who will replace Boris Johnson? There are no clear leaders. The first major player to put his hat in the ring was former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. He is expected to be followed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
But it is believed that no one, for better or worse, will be as colorful as the man they called “Bojo”.
His supporters said it was good that Johnson pulled the UK out of the European Union. Many critics weren’t so sure.
However, most said his support for work on UK COVID-19 vaccines was an achievement, as was his advocacy. Ukraine in the war against Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was saddened by Johnson’s departure. The Kremlin said it was “a fair reward.”
Former President Trump was a fan frank Boris Johnson. The outgoing prime minister was even nicknamed “British Trump”.
President Biden was less supportive, but in a statement he said, in part: “I look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Government of the United Kingdom”.
In the end, it was the British public that lost patience with the controversial politician and also turned their backs on him. “He should have left a long time ago“There was one comment that echoed across the UK.
Johnson eventually, after about three years of work, said he understood. “I want you to know how sad it makes me to turn down the best job in the world,” he said, “but that’s the beauty of it.”
The last phrase, by the way, forced the British newspapers to look for a translation. Just for the record, it’s American slang for “that’s how it works.”
Many British observers are clearly hoping for a successor that will be more restrained and closer to home.