LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was justified in grinning broadly as he emerged on Friday (Dec 13) from Buckingham Palace, after being entrusted by Queen Elizabeth II with the formation of a new government.
For not only has Mr Johnson scored a major electoral victory - his ruling Conservatives now enjoy their biggest majority since the party's heyday back in the 1980s - but he has also transformed the country's political map, and seized powers to shape Britain's future for perhaps decades to come.
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