Liz Truss Resignation: How Will Her Successor Be Determined?

Liz Truss Resignation: How Will Her Successor Be Determined?

Anaïs Cordoba (in London), with AFP

His departure was inevitable: Liz Truss is no longer Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as of Thursday evening. She handed in her resignation in the early afternoon and announced that a vote on her successor would be held “next week”. Among the names circulating are those of Boris Johnson, his predecessor.

Brits have ‘until next week’ to turn a page of 44 days. Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation early Thursday afternoon after taking office on September 6. From now on there will be an internal Conservative Party election and everything will happen very quickly. The name of the new Prime Minister will be known no later than Friday 28 October.

To run, each candidate must rally at least 100 Conservative MP supporters.

Return of Boris Johnson?

Then MPs will vote to decide between these candidates. If two finalists pass all of these steps, there may also be an online vote for party activists. Former Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak, unsuccessful candidate against Liz Truss, and Minister Penny Mordaunt, two of the ex-Prime Minister’s former rivals, are rumored to run, as well as ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who resigned from the government on Wednesday.

And then a certain Boris Johnson could attempt a comeback. It sounds unbelievable, but that’s exactly what it is Times and the Daily Telegraph Thursday evening, two dailies near the Conservative Party.


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