Boris Johnson, a former British prime minister, announced on Sunday that he was withdrawing from consideration to lead the Conservative Party, arguing that “you can’t manage effectively until you have a united party in Parliament.”
Johnson said in a statement: “There is a very good likelihood that I would win the election with Conservative Party members — and that I may indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.”
But over the past few days, I have regrettably come to the conclusion that doing this would be wrong.
Liz Truss succeeded Johnson after his formal resignation last month, but she resigned last week after only 44 days in office.
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He had returned to the UK last week after a vacation in the Caribbean in an effort to convince 100 lawmakers to support him and bring the issue into a vote.
With Johnson withdrawing from the campaign, Rishi Sunak, his former finance minister, is now eligible to become the next prime minister.
According to the BBC, Sunak has approximately 150 parliamentarians’ support. Sunak stated on Sunday that he wants to “repair our economy, unite our party, and deliver for our country.”
“Our Party’s decision now will determine whether the next generation of British citizens has better possibilities than the previous one.” That is why I’m running to lead the Conservative Party and become your next prime minister,’ Sunak said in a statement on Sunday.
At every level of the government I manage, there will be integrity, professionalism, and responsibility, and I’ll work nonstop to finish the job.
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Sunak will be appointed prime minister if Penny Mordaunt, the other leading candidate, is unable to secure the support of 100 lawmakers by Monday. If 100 MPs support both candidates, the party membership will vote this week, and the winner will be declared on Friday.
The report was aided by Reuters.