The far-right United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has rejected the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage after he decided to step down following an unsuccessful campaign in last week’s UK general elections.
Farage kept his promise to quit as UKIP leader if he failed to secure his seat in parliament from the Thanet South constituency despite successfully leading his party to win its first seat in another constituency.
UKIP, now the UK’s third most popular party having gained 13 percent of the vote, amounting to the support of approximately 3.8 million people, unanimously turned down Farage’s resignation offer after the party’s national executive committee defined his election campaign as a “great success.”
"He has therefore been persuaded to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP," a party statement said.
Farage has now retracted his resignation, writing in the Telegraph that he "owed it to the party to stay."
UKIP, known for its firm stance against immigration and its eurosceptic policies, rose to prominence last year after winning the most seats in the European Parliament representing the UK.