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From punchline to political star: the rise of Boris Johnson

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson s many critics have often dismissed him as a political clown. He s having the last laugh now. Results Friday confirmed that Johnson s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority in Britain s general election. He looks set to take more seats in Parliament than any Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. A majority government gives Johnson the power to fulfill his promise to take Britain out of the European Union next month. It s a triumph for a 55-year-old politician who has been written off more than once. Johnson has built a career playing the rumpled, Latin-spouting clown who doesn’t take himself too seriously. He once said he had as much...

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