The Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson, has resigned after a rocky period. Johnson’s tenure has been marred by scandals, lies, and fraud on a massive scale. He has been in power since July 2019, but he has been blamed for public services deteriorating and empty promises. Despite the scandals and controversies, Johnson may still be retained as leader of the party after the Conservative Party conference in October, though that is very unlikely.
There are no immediate plans for a replacement for Johnson. The number of resignations reached 50 as of Thursday morning local time, with a parliamentary vote to decide who will take over as chancellor. Johnson had urged Sunak to step aside to focus on a leadership contest. But the resignations continue to pile up, with several resignations rising to fifty. Boris Johnson, who took over as prime minister after Theresa May resigned in 2019, has been in office for just two years and his tenure has been riddled with scandal. On the plus side, he did navigate the country through Brexit and is also credited with the successful mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 virus.
As a result of the scandals surrounding Johnson, the Conservative Party has thrown itself into disarray. The Conservative Party has also suffered over Johnson’s handling of the allegations of misconduct involving former lawmaker Chris Pincher. After Pincher’s dismissal, the Prime Minister apologized for keeping Pincher in his position despite allegations of sexual misconduct. It was an embarrassing day for Johnson.
It was widely predicted that Johnson’s government wouldn’t survive for long after a Confidence vote, but few thought there would be only a couple weeks left before he would be forced to resign.