Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson quits as UK PM

HISTORY: Boris Johnson has resigned as leader of Britain's Conservative Party - sparking a fight to find a new UK prime minister - after being abandoned by lawmakers who said he was unfit to govern.
"It is now clearly the will of the parliamentary Conservative Party that there should be a new leader of that party and therefore a new Prime Minister and I have agreed with Sir Graham Brady, leader of our backbench MPs, to that process of choosing this new leader should start now"
After months of scandals, backbench riots and policy reversals, all but a handful of allies remained in their posts in Johnson's government this week.
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There had been so many ministerial resignations that the government was paralyzed.
Johnson even lost the support of Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, whom he appointed to the post on Tuesday (July 5).
Johnson hopes to remain prime minister until the fall while the Conservatives elect a new leader, a process that could take around two months.

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