Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the Downing Street race on Sunday evening in a spectacular turn of events hours before the finale of the candidates.
While these applications must close this Monday at 2:00 PM, Boris Johnson said in a statement that he had obtained the 100 sponsorships needed to present himself. But, he said, “In the last few days I have come to the sad conclusion that it would not be right to do so. You cannot govern effectively if you do not have a united party in Parliament.” He added. He says he believes he would have if he were the candidate, “A good chance to return to Downing Street (…)” and tells himself “well put” To lead his camp during the next legislative elections to be held in two years.
Rishi Sunak may become British Prime Minister by Monday evening
This withdrawal could pave the way for the appointment of former finance minister Rishi Sunak on Monday: he is currently the only candidate with the required 100 supporters. The other candidate, Penny Mordant, Minister of Relations with Parliament, is far from it.
During intense talks over the weekend, 42-year-old Rishi Sunak on Sunday was in the running to succeed Liz Truss, who resigned after just 44 days in power. “I want to restore our economy, unite our party and work for our country”, Announcing his candidacy on Twitter, he said, “Honesty, Professionalism and Responsibility”,
Boris Johnson’s camp claimed throughout the weekend that the 58-year-old former prime minister, who returned from vacation in the Caribbean on Saturday, had also reached out to 100 supporters, contradicting at least three unofficial counts that saw him on Sunday. between 57 and 76 in the evening. help. “I’ve talked to Boris Johnson and clearly he’s going to show up,” One of his relatives, Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, said.
The second announced candidate, Penny Mordant, Minister for Relations with Parliament, according to her party, was approached by Boris Johnson, who asked her to withdraw to his side. Ms Mordaunt told BBC she was a candidate “To win”.
Rishi Sunak’s support ‘increasing by hours’
Support for Rishi Sunaki “Grows by the Hours”, also declared Boris Johnson’s former deputy prime minister Dominic Raab. Among his most notable recent supporters is former Interior Minister Suella Braverman, a right-wing influencer of the party and loyal to Boris Johnson for years. Even though they do not support him, many Conservative MPs have been careful to express their affection for Boris Johnson, who was forced to resign in early July after a series of scandals and lies.
The perennial optimist and pre-Brexit ‘hero’ is popular with the party base. But for many, including his camp, he is too controversial to return to Downing Street. Especially since he is still the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, which is set to begin soon, to establish whether he has lied to Parliament about the “partygate” of these illegal parties in Downing Street during the anti-Covid confinement. told.
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