Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Agrees To Resign

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, acknowledging that it is “clearly the will” of his party that he should go.

He stepped down immediately as leader of his Conservative Party but plans to remain as prime minister while the leadership contest is held.

He said he has appointed a new Cabinet following a multitude of resignations, but many are calling for him to go now.

It is a humiliating defeat for Johnson, who succeeded in leading Britain out of the European Union and was credited with rolling out one of the world’s most successful mass vaccination campaigns to combat COVID-19.

Johnson had rebuffed calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals.

He gave in after more than 40 ministers quit his government and told him to go.

It was not immediately clear Thursday whether Johnson would stay in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, who will replace him as prime minister.