To a resounding surprise, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday evening that he would be withdrawing from the race to lead the Conservative Party.
“The application will not be correct”
“I got enough votes, but I came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be right for me to run,” Johnson said.
He added: “The best thing I can do now is not keep running and commit to supporting anyone who is successful. I trust I have a lot to offer, but this just wouldn’t be the right step.”
He also added that he would “withdraw from the fray in favor of Conservative Party unity despite the belief that he is in a good position to lead the party to another victory in the 2024 general election. “
The door is open for Rishi Sunak
With Johnson’s retirement, the door remains open for former UK finance minister Rishi Sunak, who leads the conservative MPs nominations, with 144 supporters.
Conservative lawmakers wishing to participate in the tender must secure the support of 100 colleagues by 2pm on Monday.
Interestingly, Liz Truss was forced to resign, just six weeks after taking office, due to the turmoil caused by her financial market policies.
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