Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulled himself out of the race to lead the Conservative Party on Sunday, saying that “you can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament.”
“There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members – and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday,” Johnson said in a statement.
“But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do.”
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Johnson was ousted in July and replaced by Liz Truss, who subsequently quit last week after just 44 days in power.
Reuters contributed to this report.