United Kingdom Cabinet Ministers Resign Over Johnson “Pincher Scandal”

Deutsche Welle reports: Two of the most senior members of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet resigned on Tuesday. It could potentially signal the end of Johnson’s leadership after a series of scandals.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid was the first to go, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience” at his post. Immediately following, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak also announced he was stepping down, saying that “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.”

The resignations came as Johnson was apologizing for keeping former Conservative party whip Chris Pincher in his post after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. “In hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do. I apologize to everyone who’s been badly affected by it,” Johnson told broadcasters.

Both Javid and Sunak had formerly publicly supported Johnson during months of scandal over his administration’s conduct and a damning report into parties at his Downing Street office and residence that broke strict COVID_19 lockdown rules.

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