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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson Says He Has No Plans To Run For Prime Minister

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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson Says He Has No Plans To Run For Prime Minister

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned last week after the country voted to leave the European Union in the hotly contested Brexit vote.

Cameron heavily supported and campaigned for the "stay" vote. He resigned after the vote, arguing he is not the right "captain" to lead the lengthy process in formally withdrawing from the European Union.

Boris Johnson, former mayor of London and supporter of the "leave" campaign, was among one of the names political pundits and experts believed would inherit the country's top ranks and become prime minister.

However, Johnson said in a press conference on Thursday he has no plans to run for the job.

Related Link: Will The Brexit Affect Your Retirement Plans?

"Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstance in parliament, I have concluded that that person cannot be me," Johnson said.

Who Is Left To Be Prime Minister?

Theresa May, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom have all been confirmed as the official leadership contenders.

May has been home secretary of the U.K. since 2010 and is in charge of internal affairs of England and Wales and for immigration and citizenship.

Gove is a Lord Chancellor and member of the Privy Council and of the Cabinet.

Fox is a member of Parliament and previously served as secretary of state for defense.

Leadsom is a member of Parliament and previously served as minister of state for energy and economic secretary to the Treasury.

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