British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned immediately as leader of his Conservative Party but plans to remain as prime minister while a leadership contest is held.

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

But Johnson‘s government became mired in ethics scandal and about 50 senior M-Ps quit the government, leaving him unable to govern.

He says he is immensely proud of the achievements of this government but admitted that — quote — “in politics, no one is remotely indispensable.”

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