(CNN) – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Friday that his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, was “forced to resign” by his Conservative Party.
“I wish Boris Johnson well, it’s a reminder of how hard politics is,” Albanese added in a televised interview.
The Australian prime minister said he did not believe Johnson’s resignation would affect relations between the UK and Australia, and stressed the security and trade ties between the two countries: “It’s important that it continues in a smooth way, and I’m sure the two countries are very close.”
He added: “Whoever after Johnson I’m waiting for the decision, I’ll phone them and congratulate them and look forward to meeting them.”
On Thursday, Johnson announced he was stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party.
The British prime minister said in a speech that “it is clear that the Conservative Party wants to have a new leader”.
Johnson has said he will remain in office until a new leader takes over the Conservative Party, adding that he has appointed new cabinet ministers.
“The process of electing this new leader should start now and the timetable will be announced next week,” he added.
It is worth noting that Johnson assumed the office of Prime Minister on July 24, 2019, and his resignation expires after less than 3 years, specifically 1079 days.
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