Boris Johnson wants to lead the next legislative campaign
by Andrew MacAskill
KIGALI (Reuters) – Boris Johnson intends to stay in power and pledged on Saturday to lead the Conservative Party in the next legislative campaign after suffering two crushing defeats in by-elections that led members of his party to renew their calls for resignation.
At the beginning of the month, the British Prime Minister escaped a vote of no confidence organized within the Conservative parliamentary body, but the extent of the opposition which has manifested itself and the parliamentary inquiry which is targeting him are weakening his position.
On Friday, Tory candidates lost the two seats up for grabs after two MPs resigned, one after being implicated in a sexual assault case, the other after being caught watching a movie pornography in the House of Commons.
Asked by the press on the last day of a trip to Rwanda about his ability to face a new vote of no confidence, which could not take place for a year, Boris Johnson replied that he was “very happy to have a mandate stronger than he had in 2019”.
Asked if he would lead the Tories in the next legislative elections, supposed to take place in 2024, he replied that he would win them.
(Andrew MacAskill; French version Nicolas Delame)
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