October 28, 2019 / 7:08 PM / 24 days ago

MPs reject PM Johnson's early election bid

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 28, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Monday rejected holding an early election, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to gain the two-thirds majority backing in parliament he required.

Some 299 lawmakers supported the motion for an early election, short of the 434 votes Johnson needed.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Kate Holton, Alastair Smout and Kylie MacLellan, writing by William James

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