Media: Boris Johnson plans to run for prime minister again

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Considering a political comeback now that his replacement, Liz Truss, has resigned, the former British prime minister, it is said.

According to reports, former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attempting to retake office at 10 Downing Street by unseating Liz Truss, who quit just 44 days after taking his post.

According to stories published on Thursday by the Times of London and other media sites, a number of Conservative Party (Tory) lawmakers have already suggested that Johnson be reinstated as prime minister. According to the Times, which cited unnamed sources, Johnson, who is currently on holiday in the Dominican Republic, is debating whether to stick with his itinerary or “fly back and re-enter the political maelstrom.”

Truss, who served as the UK’s hawkish foreign secretary during Johnson’s leadership, announced her resignation on Thursday after her tax and economic policies shook up the banking system and sent the British pound down. She broke George Canning’s nearly two-century-old record for the shortest tenure as prime minister of the UK, who passed away after only 119 days in office.

By the end of the following week, the Tories hope to complete a procedure that took two months after Johnson’s resignation in July. A general election has been called for immediately by the opposition Labour Party. 2019 saw Britain’s most recent general election, which Johnson won. The Conservative Party might push back the next general election until as late as January 2025 given its majority in the House of Commons.

Because the Tories apparently want to only take into consideration candidates who are nominated by at least 100 members of Parliament, the selection process for a new Conservative Party leader may be over as soon as Monday. That means there will only be a maximum of three contestants.  If only one person gets the required number of nominations by Monday, he or she will become PM by default.

Following a string of scandals, notably the Partygate incident in which his staff hosted drunken parties at Downing Street and Whitehall during statewide Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, Johnson resigned under pressure. The Sunday Times claimed in July that Johnson was considering a second run for prime minister even at the time he agreed to leave down because he believed his successor would be a “disaster.”

A failing economy, the highest inflation rate in the UK in 40 years, and widespread discontent with the Conservative Party will be left behind for the future prime minister. Amidst an energy crisis that has been made worse by the UK’s backing of Kiev in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Truss’ replacement will also assume leadership.



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