Johnson says he won't run for prime minister

09:17 24 October Kyiv, Ukraine

Boris Johnson has announced that he will not run for Conservative leader and UK prime minister.

The former prime minister is quoted by the BBC.
"There is a very good chance that I will succeed in the elections with members of the Conservative Party - and that I can actually return to Downing Street on Friday. But over the past few days, I have unfortunately come to the conclusion that this would simply not be right.. You can't govern effectively if you don't have a single party in parliament," Johnson said.
At the same time, he noted that he is "well prepared" to ensure the victory of the Conservatives in the general election in 2024.

What is known
  • On 19 October, UK Home Secretary Swella Braverman resigned over security breaches and was replaced by former Transport Minister Grant Shapps.. She has become the second member of Prime Minister Liz Truss's government to leave the post in recent days.
  • On October 20, Liz Truss announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party amid the political crisis.. Truss will remain in office until her successor is elected.
  • On the same day, it became known that Boris Johnson, who held a position in Truss, would nominate himself for the next election of the head of the British government against the backdrop of the resignation of Truss.
  • Subsequently, the media reported that Johnson returned to London on Saturday, October 22, to take part in the fight for the chair of the British head of government.
  • The leader of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, Penny Mordaunt, was the first to announce her participation in the struggle for the post of British Prime Minister on October 21 after the resignation of Liz Truss.
  • On October 23, former British finance minister Rishi Sunak officially announced his nomination for the post of prime minister and head of the Conservative Party.