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Johnson government plunged into crisis as Sunak, health minister quit

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British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak listens as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses his cabinet on the day of the weekly cabinet meeting in Downing Street, London, Britain June 7, 2022. (Photo: Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS)

LONDON (Reuters)

Britain’s finance and health ministers resigned on Tuesday (July 5), in what looked to be a final blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who had tried to apologise for the latest scandal involving a sexual misconduct complaint over one of his ministers.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced his resignation in a statement, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience.”

Moments later, finance minister Rishi Sunak also announced he was quitting.

The resignations came as Johnson was apologising for what he said was a mistake by not realising that former whip Chris Pincher was unsuitable for a job in government after complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid arrives ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain July 5, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

“In hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do. I apologise to everyone who’s been badly affected by it,” Johnson told broadcasters.


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