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UK political crisis higlights: Rishi Sunak announces bid to succeed Boris Johnson as UK PM

British PM Boris Johnson, UK Political Crisis Highlights: Months of discontent over Johnson’s judgment and ethics within the governing Conservative Party erupted with the resignations of Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid within minutes of each other on Tuesday evening.

Rishi Sunak. (File photo via Reuters)

UK political crisis live updates: A day after, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on Friday announced that he is standing to be the next prime minister of Britain. “I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister,” he said on Twitter. Sunak had quit his post as the Chancellor on Tuesday and his departure triggered a wave of resignations forcing Johnson to resign.

Apart from Saunik, at least three top leaders have publicly expressed interest in becoming his successor, as per reports. Britain-based BBC reported that Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, Attorney General Suella Braverman and pro-Brexit MP Steve Baker have shown interest in the position. Johnson had said in his resignation speech that he will continue in the post until a replacement is found.

Johnson had been hanging onto power despite the resignation of a string of his top ministers. On Wednesday, speaking in Parliament, the embattled PM said his duty was to go on and that he would resign if he felt it was impossible for his government to move forward. Rejecting calls to resign, he argued that he had a mandate from the voters to remain in office.

 

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First published on: 07-07-2022 at 03:23:51 pm
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