London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would leave “with his head held high”, but admitted to MPs that his departure, due to the accumulation of scandals, is happening earlier than he would have liked.
In a discussion with opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer, who considered Johnson lost “until the end”, the Conservative leader told his opponent he had “never come up with an idea or project for the country”.
Referring to Brexit, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, or the UK’s “decisive role” in Ukraine, Johnson declared he was “proud of the tremendous teamwork” carried out under his leadership.
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak won the strongest support from Conservative Party MPs in the first vote to choose Johnson’s successor as party leader and prime minister, while other challengers were liquidated.
Sunak, whose resignation as Chancellor of the Exchequer helped precipitate Johnson’s downfall, garnered the support of 88 of the party’s 358 lawmakers, with Commerce Secretary Penny Mordaunt coming in second with 67 votes, and Secretary of State Liz Truss third with 50.
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