After the resignation of former British Premier Liz Truss, the search for the next occupant of 10 Downing Street is on. With former Prime Minister Boris Johnson—who was earlier mulling an audacious political comeback—withdrawing from the campaign, Rishi Sunak is the front-runner. This time around, he is likely to become the first Indian-origin Prime Minister. Johnson withdrew from the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, despite claiming to have the necessary support.
If Sunak’s rival Penny Mordaunt fails to secure the support of 100 MPs by 2 pm UK local time (6.30 pm in India) today, Britain’s former finance minister could become the country’s new prime minister. A total of 142 MPs have already endorsed Sunak, while 29 MPs currently side with Mordaunt.
If necessary, on October 24, Conservative MPs will vote, and the results will be announced on October 28.
“The United Kingdom is a great country, but we are facing a serious economic crisis. That’s why I’m standing to be the leader of the Conservative Party and your next Prime Minister. I want to fix our economy, unite our party,” Sunak tweeted earlier.
Truss, with the shortest tenure, resigned earlier, saying she could not live up to the promises for which she was elected. Her tenure as Prime Minister was only 45 days. During her run-up to being endorsed as the Conservative Party’s face for the PM, she was challenged by Sunak, who lost to her by a considerable margin. This time around, Sunka looks to fare better.