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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote Monday that could have ousted him from power as discontent with his rule grows amid a fight for his political life.
The move against Johnson, who has led Britain out of the European Union and through a pandemic, comes as his government faces intense pressure to address increasing energy and food prices.
The vote was 211-148 in favor of letting Johnson stay in power.
Conservative Party official Graham Brady announced Monday that he had received letters calling for a no-confidence vote from at least 54 Tory legislators, enough to trigger the measure under party rules. Hours later, party lawmakers lined up by the dozen in a corridor at Parliament to cast their ballots in a wood-paneled room, handing over their phones as they entered to ensure secrecy.
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To remain in office, Johnson needed to win the backing of a simple majority of the 359 Conservative lawmakers. If he didn’t, the party would have chosen a new leader as prime minister. Moving forward, there cannot be another challenge against Johnson for a year unless the rules are changed.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.