UKIP leader Diane James standing down after 18 days
Oct.5, London: UKIP leader Diane James is standing down from her role 18 days after she was elected.
In a statement to the Times newspaper, she said she would not be "formalising my recent nomination".
The 56-year-old MEP for South East England said she did not have "sufficient authority" to see through changes she had planned. Ms James succeeded Nigel Farage on 16 September after he quit in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.
She had not appointed a deputy and UKIP officials were unable to say who was leading the party.
Party chairman Paul Oakden said he had received confirmation that Ms James "has chosen to resign".
"I will now look to convene an emergency meeting of our national executive committee to confirm the process for electing Diane's replacement.
"Whilst the decision is unfortunate, it is one that Diane is entitled to make. We thank her for all her work as leader, and as a hard-working MEP, a role she will continue with her customary vigour."
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