UKIP leader Nigel Farage resigns after losing parliament bid

AFP , AP , Friday 8 May 2015

Nigel Farage the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) arrives for the announcement of the official count for the South Thanet parliamentary seat at the Winter Gardens in Margate, south east England, Friday, May 8, 2015. (Photo: AP)

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage resigned after failing to win a seat in Britain's parliament as his anti-EU party suffered a series of setbacks, final results from the general election showed on Friday.

The 51-year-old Farage, who had promised to step down if he did not win a seat, said he felt "an enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders".

"I think the time has come for real genuine radical political reform," he said, pointing out that his party had received millions of votes nationwide but only managed to win a single seat in parliament.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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