Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid Have Resigned From Boris Johnson’s Government

Rishi Sunak, the UK's Health Minister, resigned amid a major crisis for Boris Johnson.

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid Have Resigned From Boris Johnson's Government
Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid Have Resigned From Boris Johnson's Government

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a dilemma as the Finance and Health Ministers quit. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, named education secretary Nadhim Zahawi as the country’s new finance minister on Tuesday.

According to Downing Street, Queen Elizabeth II has approved Zahawi’s appointment. As a child, he immigrated to the United Kingdom with his Kurdish family. The 55-year-old is a co-founder of the well-known polling firm YouGov. He was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2010.

In the latest and potentially fatal blow to Boris Johnson’s government in the United Kingdom, two of his most senior ministers, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, quit within minutes of each other on Tuesday, expressing dissatisfaction with his leadership.

Johnson is under fire for changing his story on Chris Pincher, a politician accused of sexual misconduct. Pincher resigned as a government whip on July 30 amid charges that he touched two men in a London club while drunk.

The current problem for Johnson follows ‘Partygate,’ a no-confidence motion that he survived, and two by-election failures for his party.

Boris Johnson resignation

“For me to step aside as Chancellor while the globe is facing the economic implications of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other major difficulties is a decision that I have not taken lightly,” said finance minister Rishi Sunak in his resignation letter. The public, on the other hand, has a right to expect the government to be run correctly, competently, and seriously. I understand that this may be my final ministerial position, but I feel these values are worth fighting for, which is why I am resigning.

Downing Street wasted no time in filling the vacancies. Nadhim Zahawi, the former Secretary of State for Education, was named Chancellor, while Downing Street Chief of Staff Steve Barclay was named Health Secretary on Tuesday evening.

Michelle Donelan took over as Education Secretary in place of Zahawi.
On Tuesday, Javid and Sunak were not the only ones who left. Shortly after the two resigned, Conservative Party Vice Chair Bim Afolami announced his resignation live on television. “I just don’t think the Prime Minister any longer has my support… the support of the party or indeed the country anymore,” Afolami said in an interview with The News Desk’s Tom Newton Dunn.

Afolami demanded Johnson’s resignation and subsequently announced his own resignation. “I believe you must quit because I am unable to serve under the Prime Minister.”

Andrew Murrison, the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Morocco, also quit, blaming the “rolling anarchy of the last six months” and declaring that Boris Johnson’s “position has become unrecoverable.” Later that day, several other junior-level government officials announced their resignations.

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