UK lawmakers reject PM Johnson's request for early election

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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 - 09:39 GMT

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street, London, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street, London, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON - 4 September 2019: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed on Wednesday to win the approval of enough lawmakers to go ahead with his plan to hold an early election.

He needed to win the backing of at least 434 lawmakers, but only 298 voted in favour of an election while 56 voted against. The opposition Labour Party instructed its lawmakers to abstain on the vote.

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