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Boris Johnson remains interim PM until successor found

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Boris Johnson will stay as interim prime minister of the United Kingdom until the Conservative party decide on who succeeds him

Boris Johnson resigned as United Kingdom’s prime minister, triggering a race to fill the top job.

“I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world. But them’s the breaks.”

BORIS JOHNSON
FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

By midday on Thursday, 59 Ministers in Boris Johnson’s government had resigned their posts.

Less than one hour later, Boris Johnson appeared at 10 Downing Street’s front door – saying it was clear a new leader was needed.

It was a speech noted for its absence words like “resign” or “resignation”.

“It was a short and bizarre resignation speech which didn’t mention the word resign or resignation once. There was no apology, no contrition,”

Andrew Bridgen
CONSERVATIVE MP

Despite a meteoric rise to the UK’s top job, Boris Johnson’s prime ministership quickly plunged into scandal and outrage.

He took over the reigns from Theresa May, who failed to deliver Brexit on her watch.

He called an election for December 12, 2019 with the promise to “Get Brexit Done” and won the Conservatives an 80-seat majority, paving the way for a rapid Brexit.

But the twilight of his prime ministership saw increasing scandals and disgrace that ate away at his authority and support.

Parties and socialising that took place in Number 10 during the height of Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns were revealed, and became persistent scandal.

Luxurious and expensive renovations of the residences within Number 10 were a further source of public anger.

As was the appointment of a minister who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Ultimately, Boris Johnson, famed for his bluster, banter and cavalier bravado could not hold onto power.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the back entrance of Downing Street in London, Britain June 6, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Boris Johnson leaves behind a post-Brexit nation

He leaves behind Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that shares a land border with the European Union, facing increased bureaucracy, paperwork and delays in customs.

An increasingly loud Scotland with Nicola Sturgeon making the case for another attempt at Scottish independence.


And a country reeling from a cost of living crisis.

Whoever ultimately takes over from Boris Johnson will have to hit the ground running.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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