Liz Truss announced on Thursday that she would step down as British Prime Minister, six weeks into her appointment.
A new leadership election will be held in the coming weeks to replace Truss, the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
No United KingdomThe leader of the Conservative Party, which has a majority in Parliament, also assumes the post of Prime Minister.
Given the internal divisions among conservatives, there is no obvious candidate and any replacement would face a country on the brink of recession. Below are the main names cited for the controversy:
Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak during his previous campaign for Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in July 2022 (Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
The former British finance minister was the most popular candidate among Conservative MPs in Westminster in the leadership contest earlier this year, but in the final round he lost to Truss in a poll involving around 170,000 party members.
During the campaign, Sunak warned that markets would lose confidence in Britain if Truss pushed through his unfunded tax cuts.
Many members were angered when Sunak resigned as minister in July, helping to spark a rebellion that eventually brought down former prime minister Boris Johnson.
Bookmaker Betfair has tipped Chung as the favorite to replace Truss, but MPs loyal to Johnson would oppose such a move.
Sunak will “definitely run” for the leadership post, the British newspaper “Telegraph” reported.
International Trade Minister Benny Mordant during his earlier campaign for the post of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
Mordant, a former defense secretary, was a staunch supporter of leaving the EU, which came third in the last race.
Mordaunt won praise for his performance in Parliament on Monday, defending most of the government’s policies even as he reversed them.
One MP described Mordant as having “broad appeal”, citing his ability to find friends in the party’s various tribes.
Mordaunt is believed to be in the running to become the next prime minister, British network Sky News reported.
‘Husta la vista, baby’: Boris Johnson bids farewell to British Parliament
Johnson, the former prime minister, is expected to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party, according to the Times policy editor.
Boris Johnson was leader before Liz Truss. He resigned after a series of scandals, including overcrowded parties when banned due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Johnson has been in British politics since 2008 as Mayor of London. After causing trouble for leaders like David Cameron and Theresa May, she finally became prime minister in 2019 and won a landslide election victory.
Johnson was the face of Brexit and won votes in parts of the country that previously did not vote for the Conservative Party.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a speech in front of his office on June 7, 2022 – Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Jeremy Hunt walks outside his home in London, England on October 18, 2022 – Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville
After Truss’s economic plan collapsed and he fired his finance minister, he turned to Hunt, a former health and foreign minister, to fix things.
After promising performances on television and in the House, such as her tearing up of Truss’s economic report, led some Conservative MPs to refer to Hunt as a “real prime minister”.
Despite having entered two previous races to become prime minister, including in 2019, including a last-round defeat to former prime minister Boris Johnson, she has insisted she does not want the top job. Hunt does not have the express support of a large group of lawmakers in Parliament.
The BBC and other media said he was not considering running.
Kemi Patenok in an undated image posted on her official page – Photo: Reproduction
After losing the previous leadership contest, he gained support from the right wing of the Conservative Party and was appointed Trade Secretary by Patenock Truss.
Born in London to Nigerian parents, Badenoch said Britain was falsely criticized for oppressing minorities. He also countered that gender-neutral toilets put women at a “significant disadvantage”.
A source close to Patenock said: “The party needs to unite around a new leader who will restore confidence in politics and deliver good government to the British people. Kemi is in talks with colleagues about the best way to achieve this.”
Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman is seen outside British Government Headquarters on October 18, 2022 (Photo: Toby Melville/REUTERS)
Braverman, who resigned as interior minister on Wednesday after criticizing Truss, is expected to run for the leadership of the Conservatives, British newspaper The Guardian reported, though an aide declined to say whether he planned to run.
With Indian-origin parents, he wants to reduce global immigration to Britain, saying the country has too many low-skilled migrant workers and too many international students.
Previously, he served as Brexit minister and advocated for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights. He was also the leading candidate in the previous contest, backed by prominent anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage.
In a critical resignation letter, Braverman said he had concerns about the direction of the Truss government.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace speaks during the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham, Britain on October 2, 2022.
The British defense secretary was one of the few ministers to emerge from the recent political turmoil with her credibility bolstered. The former soldier was defense secretary to both Johnson and Truss, leading Britain’s response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
Popular among party members, he surprised many when he announced earlier this year that he would not run for the leadership post, saying he wanted to focus on his current job. He told the Times this week that he still wants to be defense secretary.
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