Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the first round of voting. He succeeded Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister. Two candidates were eliminated. Sunak’s resignation helped trigger the downfall of Johnson last week and took an early lead in the race to succeed him. In the first ballot of Conservative MPs, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer won 88 votes. Ahead of the second-placed Penny Mordaunt with 67 votes. Liz Truss was third with 50. Two candidates were knocked out of the race to replace the UK Prime Minister today. Leaving six lawmakers battling to lead the Conservative Party and the country.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi failed to reach the threshold of 30 votes by Conservative lawmakers needed to stay in the contest.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi failed to reach the threshold of 30 votes by Conservative lawmakers needed to stay in the contest. The remaining contenders will now scramble to scoop up the two men’s supporters in a contest. That will replace the flamboyant, scandal-ridden Johnson. A figure is famous in Britain and around the world with a new and much lesser-known prime minister.
Sunak scored 88 votes, ahead of junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt on 67 and foreign Secretary Liz Truss on 50. Zahawi and Hunt were eliminated. Lawmaker Kemi Badenoch received 40 votes, Tom Tugendhat received 37 and Suella Braverman received 32. The 358 Tory lawmakers had crammed into a humid corridor at Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. To line up and cast their ballots in a grand room hung with oil paintings. Security staff made them hand over their phones to ensure secrecy.