Boris Johnson
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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday he would quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament, The Associated Press reported.

Johnson quit after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers over misleading statements he made to Parliament about "partygate."

In a statement, he accused opponents of trying to drive him out, claiming he had "received a letter from the Privileges Committee making it clear -- much to my amazement -- that they are determined to use the proceedings against me to drive me out of Parliament."

He called the committee a "kangaroo court."

The resignation will trigger a special election to replace Johnson as a lawmaker for a suburban London seat.

Johnson resigned as Conservative party leader last July, amid resignations by several of his ministers.

He contemplated running for the party leadership again after his successor, Liz Truss, resigned less than two months after taking office, but ultimately decided against it.

Johnson has been awaiting the outcome of an investigation by a House of Commons standards committee over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of gatherings in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 that breached pandemic lockdown rules.

The committee is expected to publish its report in the next few weeks.

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