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UK’s Johnson rejects calls to resign amid ‘partygate’


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2022 Apr 13, 17:48, London
A police officer talks to a protester holding up a sign showing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in front of the entrance to Downing Street in London, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Johnson was fined for breaching COVID-19 regulations following allegations of lockdown parties at government offices. Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak was also fined.(AP Photo)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to resign after being fined for breaking his government’s pandemic lockdown rules, saying he would instead redouble efforts to strengthen the economy and combat Russian aggression in Ukraine.

London police fined Johnson and other people Tuesday for attending a birthday party thrown for the prime minister at his Downing Street offices on June 19, 2020. The penalty made Johnson the first British prime minister ever found to have broken the law while in office.

Gatherings of more than two people were banned in Britain at the time of the birthday party to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“I understand the anger that many will feel that I, myself, fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the government I lead had introduced to protect the public, and I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better,” Johnson said late Tuesday. “And now I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people.”


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