LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson has stepped down as Conservative Party leader, but the scandal-tarnished politician remains Britain’s prime minister for now.
Johnson’s resignation Thursday sparks a party contest to replace him as leader. All Conservative lawmakers are eligible to run and party officials could open the nominations within hours. Party lawmakers will vote in a series of elimination rounds until two candidates are left. The winner will then be decided by all members of the Conservative Party nationwide. The winner will become both Conservative leader and prime minister. Johnson says he intends to stay in office until that happens.
But many in the party say he must leave sooner because he no longer has the authority to govern.
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