U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has escaped the political chaos over his succession during summer break and is enjoying a vacation in Greece, where he was spotted by locals at a supermarket outside of Athens.
Dressed in a white shirt, blue blazer and brown trousers, Johnson did his shopping with wife Carrie Symonds and security staff while a driver waited for them outside the store.
The resigning Conservatives leader was friendly with staff and onlookers and greeted the camera with a smile.
Boris Johnson’s relation to Greece
His first name is actually Alexander Boris, and he famously recited Sofocles from ancient text during his speech at the UN Climate Summit in April 2021.
This is not the first time that the U.K. politician is spotted on a Greek vacation either; before he was made Prime Minister, he had been photographed on the beach at the Greek island of Trikeri in 2016.
The supermarket where Boris Johnson was spotted this time, is located in the Athens suburb of Nea Makri – a long way from his father Stanley’s summer house in central Greece.
Stanley Johnson, a veteran politician, owns a traditional villa in the village of Horto, in south Pelion, where he was made an honorary citizen in June.
In July of 2020, he went against COVID-19 restrictions —which had been imposed by his son— to fly to Greece and his beloved villa, in what he said was an essential business trip to Covid-proof and rent out the property.
Ongoing Succession Thriller
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation early July, amidst a deep political crisis in Britain.
In a statement at Downing Street, he said that he would stay as PM -although in a caretaker capacity- until his Conservative party finds a successor.
Former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are the Conservative candidates for succeeding Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.