Rishi Sunak wins the second round of voting


Posted on 14 July 2022


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On Thursday, Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, solidified his lead over rivals to succeed Boris Johnson as the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. Although Sunak has been criticized by some for his part in Johnson's resignation, his resignation from the Treasury last week was one of the first in a string of resignations that led Johnson to leave. Sunak has been the front-runner among Conservative lawmakers. He has opposition from junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt and foreign minister Liz Truss, who previously began her official candidacy and claimed to be the only candidate with the expertise to make the necessary "tough decisions." After Attorney General Suella Braverman, a supporter of Brexit, was eliminated from the contest on Thursday, there are currently five contenders.On Monday, Conservative members of parliament will vote again for the remaining candidates, which also includes former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch and chair of the foreign affairs committee Tom Tugendhat. The contender with the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race if all of the candidates pass the threshold of 30 votes. To reduce the field to the top two candidates by July 21, subsequent ballots will each eliminate the candidate who received the fewest votes. The country's 200,000 Conservative Party members will then select one of those two as the new leader, who will be unveiled on September 5.



Key Points

  • On Thursday, Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, solidified his lead over rivals to succeed Boris Johnson as the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

  • After Attorney General Suella Braverman, a supporter of Brexit, was eliminated from the contest on Thursday, there are currently five contenders.


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