Johnson’s potential replacements weigh their options for Downing Street


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Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, appears before Downing Street – Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the UK Conservative Party and, by extension, as Prime Minister has started timidly with the presentation of ‘a priori’ candidates with a low political profile, while the theoretical favorites are testing their options before taking the final leap.

Officially, only Congressman Tom Tugendhat and Attorney General Suella Braverman have confirmed their candidacy, although neither of them appears in the pools among the potential candidates with options to replace Johnson. The official primary schedule will not be known until next week, so no major announcements are expected in the coming hours.

Among those who are already considering running are former Health Minister Sajid Javid, whose resignation this week triggered a wave of departures in the government, Transport Minister Gran Shapps and former Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, according to sources consulted by the BBC.

Hunt, in fact, already came second in the 2019 ‘Tory’ primaries, in which Johnson won, and has positioned himself in recent months as one of the most critical voices against the outgoing Prime Minister.

They remain silent, likewise, other possible favorites such as the current Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, the former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and the holder of Defense, Ben Wallace, who has ironized on Twitter with the possibility of voting for a former American basketball player whose name is like him. «I will be the next prime minister,» the sportsman posted on his social networks, to which the British minister replied, «I would vote for you.»

Already ruled out are former ministers Michael Gove and Matt Hancock, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, according to the BBC.

THE KEYS TO THE PROCESS Johnson’s resignation, to which a date has yet to be set, opens the race for succession with a first stage in which potential candidates must gather the endorsement of at least eight deputies.

If there are more than two aspirants, a round of voting is opened in which they are eliminated successively. Thus, in a first ballot those who receive less than 18 votes among the ‘Tories’ deputies are out, and in a second round those who do not exceed the threshold of 36.

The process advances until there are only two candidates left -if this were already the case, the process would go directly to this point-. At this point, the Conservative Party goes to a postal ballot from which the final winner emerges.


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