UK: Conservatives pick two candidates to replace Johnson | Policy | DW

In the latest vote among Conservative Party deputies, held Wednesday (20/07/22) in the House of Commons, Sunak was named the conservative parliamentary favorite with 137 votes, compared to 113 for Truss, who succeeded in removing the Secretary of State for Trade Policy, Penny Mordaunt, at the last minute, with 105.

The two finalists will now be submitted to a postal vote among the ruling party base and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 5, after parliament’s summer recess.

The day after the appointment of a new leader, Johnson will leave the post of head of Government and his successor will be sworn in by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in a brief act at Buckingham Palace.

During August, Sunak, 42, and Truss, 46, will try to win the votes of members who, according to internal opinion polls, are a priori in favor of the current Foreign Office head, who has also been backed by far-right lawmakers.

Sunak, who will become the first Hindu and person of color to become the country’s prime minister, resigned from Johnson’s government on July 5 due to disagreements with his government and, in particular, with its economic priorities.

Truss, for his part, was abroad when the government crisis broke out and maintained his support for Johnson until the very last moment, so he still serves as the acting cabinet today.

ies (efe, The Guardian)

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