Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Minister Liz Truss are the two candidates. among whom, in the coming weeks, the affiliates of the British Conservative Party will have to choose their new leader and next prime minister, to succeed Boris Johnson.

The conservative deputies voted among the numerous candidates in successive eliminatory rounds, until Wednesday with only two: Sunak with 137 of the 357 votes and Truss with 113. Among them they will now have to choose the nearly 200,000 members of the Conservative Party and the winner will be announced on September 5.

The United Kingdom is thus on its way to having its first Asian head of government -Sunak’s grandparents were Indian immigrants- or the third prime minister in the history of the country.

The two finalists must now campaign before the voters and despite their strong support among the deputies, Sunak is by no means certain of victory. In fact, the latest polls conducted among party members predicted that it could lose by a wide margin.

The deputies voted after Johnson made his final appearance in the House of Commons. to answer the weekly questions to the prime minister before the recess of Parliament, which will have a new head of government on its return from vacation.

“Goodbye, baby!”the president said goodbye in Spanish, using the famous phrase from the movie “Terminator”, to the applause of his supporters and the jeers of the opposition, who reproached him for failures, deception, division and scandals in his three years of government.

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