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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as Conservative Party leader and therefore will be replaced as Prime Minister.

Johnson appeared outside Number 10 Downing Street to announce his decision to resign after a party revolt and resignations of several of his top ministers.

“It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative party that there should be a new leader ... and therefore a new prime minister,” Johnson said as he stood behind a lectern outside the steps of the British prime minister’s office and residence, surrounded by news cameras. He said that he will remain in office until Conservatives choose a new party leader, who will then become prime minister -- a process that could take as long as two months.

A crowd had formed as Downing Street staff and supportive lawmakers gathered to listen to the embattled premier’s speech. His wife, Carrie, carrying one of their children, stood at the doorstep as well.

Johnson had been hanging onto power despite the resignation of a string of his top ministers. On Thursday the man he appointed as finance minister less than 48 hours earlier publicly urged Johnson to quit.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also called on Johnson to quit but said he would stay in his role to protect national security.

(Reporting by William James and Muvija M; diting by Kate Holton)

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