June 10, 2017 / 9:13 PM / 2 years ago

Five ministers urge UK's Johnson to challenge PM May: Sunday Times

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks at an election campaign event in Solihull, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson has been asked by five other ministers to launch a bid to replace Theresa May as the country’s prime minister after she failed to win a parliamentary majority in an election last week, the Sunday Times reported.

Johnson was contacted by the ministers on Friday morning, shortly after the shock election result became clear, it said.

“A handful of senior people have pledged their loyalty to Boris at cabinet level,” the newspaper quoted an ally as saying.

Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Alistair Smout

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