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Sunak and Truss, the two finalists for the Conservative leadership in the United Kingdom

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The former Minister of the Economy, Rishi Sunak, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, are the two finalists who will compete for the leadership of the British Conservative Party and the position of Prime Minister, according to the results of the last vote among the “Tory” deputies. held this Wednesday.

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Sunak has been crowned the favorite of the conservative parliamentary group in the House of Commons with 137 votes, compared to the 113 obtained by Truss, who managed to unseat the Secretary of State for Trade Policy, Penny Mordaunt, at the last minute, with 105.

The two finalists will now submit to a postal vote among the bases of the ruling party and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 5, after the parliamentary summer recess.

The day after the appointment of the new leader, Johnson will leave office at the head of the government and his successor will be invested by Queen Elizabeth II of England in a brief act at Buckingham Palace.

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During the month of August, Sunak, 42, and Truss, 46, will try to capture the vote of the members, who, according to internal polls, a priori favor the current head of the Foreign Office, who has also been supported by the right wing of parliamentarians.

The former chancellor of the Exchequer – who, if he won the primaries, would be the first Hindu and person of color to be prime minister of this country – resigned on July 5 from the Johnson government due to disagreements with his management and, in particular, with their financial priorities.

It remains to be seen how that decision, in which the then Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, preceded him, will affect him in the elections among the militants, as some still sympathize with Boris Johnson, who announced his resignation on July 7 after losing confidence. of his parliamentary group.

Truss, for his part, was abroad when the government crisis broke out and maintained his support for the chief until the last moment, so that he is still in the acting cabinet today.

Source: Gestion

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