On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation after 54 of his trusted ministers decided to quit their jobs.
The 58-year-old politician who took Britain out of the European Union and steered it through COVID-19 got the boot due to a scandal wherein one of his political appointees was accused of misconduct.
According to reports, Johnson stepped down immediately as Conservative Party leader but would remain prime minister until the party chose his successor.
With Johnson’s looming resignation, former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace are among the candidates for British PM.
“In the last few days, I tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we’re delivering so much and when we have such a vast mandate,” Johnson said.
“I regret not to have been successful in those arguments, and of course, it’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself,” Johnson added.