Britain’s next prime minister will be Indian-origin MP Rishi Sunak or foreign secretary Liz Truss.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
Indian-origin MP Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss have emerged as the top two contenders for the UK PM post. Sunak secured 137 votes in the last round of voting.
Meanwhile, Liz Truss secured 113 votes in the race to replace Boris Johnson as British prime minister and leader of the Conservative party.
Sunak, the former foreign minister, has led in all rounds of the voting among Conservative lawmakers, but it is Truss, who seems to have gained the advantage so far among the around 200,000 members of the governing party, who will ultimately choose the winner.
Earlier in the day, senior MP David Davis had written to the cabinet secretary calling for a party inquiry into Sunak’s campaign.
After the fourth round of voting, Sunak enjoyed the support of 118 Tory MPs. But Davis alleged that Sunak’s team “relocated” votes to foreign secretary Liz Truss in a bid to secure her victory. Notably, on Wednesday, 27 lawmakers voted for her with Sunak managing to secure only 19 more votes.
Eleven candidates originally put their names forward, but in a fifth and final ballot of Conservative lawmakers, the junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt was eliminated.
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