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Boris Johnson resigns as party leader

Boris Johnson resigned as the Conservative party leader on July 7. He will remain prime minister until Conservatives choose a replacement. (Video: Reuters)

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as Conservative Party leader Thursday after his own government quit en masse amid a rash of political scandals.

His departure capped a volatile week of high-stakes drama within the Conservative Party, which now faces a leadership struggle. Johnson announced his plans to step down outside his official London residence at No. 10 Downing Street, adding that he would stay on as caretaker prime minister until a replacement is chosen.

A growing number of embarrassing revelations had prompted several cabinet ministers to leave their posts and publicly urge Johnson to stand down. The prime minister was under fire for everything from promoting an ally accused of sexual misconduct to hosting raucous parties at Downing Street while the rest of Britain was under coronavirus lockdown.