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Boris Johnson drops bid to return to power in UK leaving Rishi Sunak with strong lead

By William Booth and Karla Adam

23 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

In another dramatic turn of events, Boris Johnson suddenly dropped out of the race to return as PM on Sunday. Rishi Sunak could now become Britain's first leader of color, the Washington Post reports.

LONDON - Boris Johnson flew home this weekend from his Caribbean getaway to campaign for prime minister again, hopeful for a coronation. But the problem for the mop-headed former leader is this: a lot of his fellow Conservative Party lawmakers, alongside so-called Tory grandees, big-money donors and once-friendly tabloid hacks, think his return to power would spell "disaster."

Their word, not ours. Even some of Johnson's once closest allies are wary. "Go back to the beach," his former Brexit sidekick David Davis says. This isn't your time, his former ministers say.

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