Iran weighs in the party line – Tehran’s armed forces urge Boris Johnson to quit | United Kingdom | News
The news comes as Mr Johnson awaits the results of the Sue Gray inquest in which his conduct and attendance at a Downing Street party at the height of lockdown restrictions came to light. Already, several Tory MPs have publicly called on Mr Johnson to step down, including high-profile figures such as David Davis, as well as many crossbench party members.
The situation became more heated when Bury South MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labor just before PMQs on Wednesday.
Highlighting Iran’s stance on Twitter, a reporter added further woe to the Prime Minister by reposting a social media post by an IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) affiliated account to Mr Johnson.
Writing on Twitter, journalist Lizzie Porter said: “Seriously Boris Johnson, even IRGC-affiliated social media is laughing at you now – Qods Force-affiliated Telegram channel, citing Reuters and the Daily Telegraph, describes ‘the likelihood of a revolt in the ruling party and the impeachment of Johnson.
In her own chance to poke fun at the Prime Minister, she also ended her Tweet with the words: “Go ahead.”
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The post on the IRCG account, called Quds News, was written in Farsi and posted on their Telegram channel.
Iran’s attention to the case is not unique.
Around the world, the global media is very focused on the plight of the prime minister.
French newspaper Le Monde also covered the news, saying Mr Johnson had lied about the events in Downing Street, suggesting the Prime Minister was now on his last chance.
The German DW also joined in, saying Mr Johnson was defying the odds to fight a party leadership challenge.
Turkish newspaper TRT World published an article in which Tory MP William Wragg accused Mr Johnson’s staff, government ministers and others of “encouraging the publication of articles in the press intended to embarrass those whom they suspect of lacking confidence in the Prime Minister”.
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The IRGC’s report on Iran was not the only story in Iranian media surrounding the prime minister.
The scandal was a perfect opportunity for nations not traditionally allied with the UK to draw attention to the country.
For Iran, the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna have brought London and Tehran much closer together as the two sides, along with France, Germany, China and Russia, negotiate terms to bring the United States back into the mixed.
Britain and Iran also continue to benefit from diplomatic exchanges through their respective embassies.
For Mr Johnson, the future now lies in the hands of the independent investigation led by Ms Gray.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he will wait for the report to be released before making a decision.