Truss and Sunak to contest Boris Johnson’s succession as British Conservative leader and prime minister

Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Minister Liz Truss. – DPA

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will contest Boris Johnson’s succession as leader of the Tories and Prime Minister of the country after a new vote in which UK Secretary of State for Trade Penny Mordaunt has been eliminated.

The race to elect the next British premier -which works on the basis of discarding the least voted- has left on the table the names of Sunak and Truss, who have won 137 and 113 votes, respectively.

Sunak has taken the opportunity to guarantee that he will «work day and night to get the Conservative message across the country». «I will not disappoint you, I will work as fast as possible to restore confidence in the economy and bring the country together. I know we can do it,» he maintained.

Moreover, he has stressed that «he is the only one who can stand up to (Keir) Starmer,» the leader of the opposition Labor Party. «Truss can’t,» he said.

Truss, for her part, has not been slow to thank the «confidence» placed in her and has assured that she is «ready to give everything from day one.» «I also want to thank all the candidates who have run because each one has contributed enormously to what the Conservative Party is,» she said.

«As prime minister I will try to unify the party and govern according to Conservative values,» she has asserted before pledging to lower taxes and achieve economic growth.

In this sense, she has said she is «proud to be part of the party» and has guaranteed that «she will demonstrate next week to all party members why she is the right person to lead it».

Mordaunt, who obtained 105 votes and came in third place, thanked her supporters and those who have advocated for the «unity of the party». «I always pay tribute to those who put themselves forward. Politics is not easy, it can be a place of division. We have to start working together and focus on the work that needs to be done,» he said, according to the BBC.

«I am proud of Brexit. My campaign highlighted a positive vision for the country I love so much. Our mission is not only to deliver what we have promised but to fight Labour at the next election,» she said.

The two final candidates for Johnson’s successor were due to be announced on Wednesday, although the party will not hold the final vote until the end of the summer.

Thus, these two candidates will be submitted to a postal ballot in which some 200,000 party members will participate. The new Conservative leader and therefore the new British Prime Minister is expected to be announced on September 5.

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