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Rishi Sunak can be UK PM today


Runner-up becomes leader after 45 days: Rishi Sunak can be top of UK today

Rishi Sunak is supported by 142 members of parliament.

Rishi Sunak looks set to become the UK’s next prime minister after Boris Johnson wrapped up his bid in a surprise decision. The other candidate, Penny Mordaunt, is trying to secure the critical numbers needed to compete to replace outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Here are the top 10 updates on this story:

  1. Mr. Sunak has the support of 142 members of parliament – far exceeding the 100 needed to take the top job. The Tory MP made a fresh attempt to run for the position on Sunday, just weeks after losing to Liz Truss in the summer leadership contest.

  2. “I want to fix our economy, unite our party and give back to our country,” the former prime minister of Indian descent said in a short statement confirming the widely-anticipated candidate. his generous.

  3. Boris Johnson, who cut his holiday in the Caribbean short to try to secure the support of 100 lawmakers running for Monday’s election, pulled out in a surprise move on Sunday, saying he would cannot lead “a united party in parliament”.

  4. Mr Johnson, 58, said that although he may have been “back to Downing Street”, he had failed to convince Mr Sunak, or Penny Mordaunt, to come together “in the national interest”.

  5. “I believe I have a lot to offer but I fear this is simply not the right time,” Mr Johnson, 58, said late on Sunday.

  6. Shortly after the announcement, Mr Sunak posted a tweet praising his former boss’s leadership for leading the country through some of its toughest challenges including Brexit, the rollout of a COVID vaccine and the war in Ukraine. .

  7. “Although he has decided not to run for Prime Minister anymore, I really hope he continues to contribute to public life at home and abroad,” he added.

  8. Mr Johnson’s departure leaves Penny Mordaunt the sole challenger to Rishi Sunak but she has already gained 100 supporters. Ms Mordaunt, who entered Friday’s race, is said to have the backing of 29 MPs.

  9. If Ms Mordaunt fails to garner the support of 100 MPs by 2pm local time on Monday, Rishi Sunak will automatically become prime minister.

  10. In India, Mr. Sunak is better known through his wife, Akshata Murty, daughter of billionaire Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy.

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