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United Kingdom: ten possible candidates to replace Boris Johnson

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Politicians “tori” such as attorney general Suella Braverman or deputy Steve Baker have already publicly nominated themselves as candidates, while other government heavyweights have been sounding for months as possible candidates to replace the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnsonin office for the last three years.

  • Liz Truss – The current foreign minister has cut short a trip to Indonesia and returned to the UK, where she is expected to stand as a candidate. She belongs to “hard wing” of the conservatives and is one of the favorites of the “tories” bases.
  • Rishi Sunak – The former Minister of Economy, who resigned this Tuesday on alleging “fundamental differences” With Johnson on his approach to the economic strategy for the country, he is another of the names that has sounded strong for a long time for the position. While his plan to avoid redundancies during the lockdowns earned him great respect in the Cabinet, a scandal over his wife’s financial management damaged his reputation and caused him to lose much popularity.
  • nadhim zahawi – Arrived in the United Kingdom as an Iraqi refugee, the man who led the successful vaccination program against COVID-19 has not resigned from his recent position as head of the Economy portfolio, replacing the resigned Sunak, but asked the day before ( Thursday) Johnson to resign, after his relatives alerted him that his closeness to the “premier” it could spoil his possible aspirations to succeed him. In recent hours, influential media such as the “Telegraph” have promoted his candidacy.
  • Jeremy Hunt – The now president of the parliamentary committee on Health and former Foreign Minister has been warning for some time that the “tori” They are on course to lose the next general election if they do not opt ​​for a change of leader. His name has also been strongly shuffled in the pools for the succession between the representatives of the “moderate wing” and opposed to Johnson of the Conservative Party.
  • Suella Braverman – The state attorney general, known “Brexitera” of the first hour, asked Johnson to resign on Wednesday night and presented his own candidacy to replace him live on television.
  • Steve Baker – An MP and deputy chair of the COVID-19 Recovery Group, this prominent critic of Johnson has also put himself forward as a trade option in statements to various British media.
  • Sajid Javid – He resigned on Tuesday from the Health portfolio and delivered a very harsh speech against Johnson before Parliament. He already aspired to lead the Conservatives in 2019, although he came in fourth.
  • Penny Mordaunt – One of the great defenders of Brexit, the former Secretary of State for the Armed Forces is another of those who have been considered for a long time as a possible candidate. She was ruthless with Johnson during the pandemic government office party scandal, popularly known as “party gate”.
  • Tom Tugendhat – The deputy and ex-soldier critical of how the government managed the Afghanistan crisis was last January the first member of the formation “tory” that even then he expressed his intention to present himself to a primaries if the prime minister, Boris Johnson, lost an internal vote of confidence.
  • ben wallace – Considered part of the group of colleagues most loyal to Boris Johnson, the defense minister has remained loyal to the head of government until the last minute.
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