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Former UK leader Boris Johnson drops out of the race to become UK next PM race

Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Britain, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has distanced himself from the race for the post of PM. Boris Johnson has announced that he will not stand for the Tory leadership contest, British media reported on Monday.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Britain: Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Britain, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has distanced himself from the race for the post of PM. Boris Johnson has announced that he will not stand for the Tory leadership contest, British media reported on Monday.

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Boris Johnson issued a statement saying that he has the support of enough lawmakers to advance to the next phase, but he is less than former finance minister Rishi Sunak. He said that there is a very good chance that I will be successful in the election along with the members of the Conservative Party, but it would not be right to do so. In the last few days I have sadly come to the conclusion that you cannot govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament.

“Tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow,” Boris Johnson said in a statement. With Boris Johnson pulling out of the race, Indian-origin Rishi Sunak has a commanding lead in the contest and could be well on course to become UK’s next prime minister.

According to the report Currently, former chancellor Rishi Sunak has 144 Tory MPs backing him while Penny Mordaunt lags behind with the public support of 25.

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