Rishi Sunak can be elected British Prime Minister this Monday if Penny Mordaunt does not meet the minimum necessary adhesions

Britain’s Conservative MP Rishi Sunak walks next to his campaign headquarters in London, Britain, October 24, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay (HANNAH MCKAY/)

Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak He is the favorite to be appointed, perhaps starting this Monday, as the new head of government in the United Kingdominstead of Liz Truss after the decision of Boris Johnson of not presenting your candidacy.

Johnson, whose candidacy deeply divided the Conservative Party, affirmed on Sunday night in a statement that he had the 100 necessary supports to present himself, but that he preferred not to do so as a result of the fracture in the right-wing formation. “In the last few days I’ve come to the conclusion that it just wouldn’t be the right thing to do. You cannot govern effectively if there is not a united party in Parliament,” said the former premier, who left power in early September after accumulating scandals.

His withdrawal, which made the front pages of the British press this Monday, paves the way for the victory of Rishi Sunak, 42, who had just lost the race to succeed Johnson against Liz Truss, the short-lived prime minister who resigned after just 44 days in power

This son of Indian immigrants, who studied in the best schools and who is a wealthy former banker, would be the first leader to emerge from an ethnic minority to govern the country.

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Penny Mordaunt seeks to get the support to be a candidate (Reuters)
Penny Mordaunt seeks to get the support to be a candidate (Reuters) (HENRY NICHOLLS /)

Mordaunt does not give up

During an intense weekend of negotiations, Sunak announced his candidacy on Sunday. “I want to straighten out our economy, unite our party and take action for our country,” he declared on Twitter, promising “integrity, professionalism and responsibility.”

Sunak is for now the only candidate with the necessary 100 supports. The other candidate, the Minister for Relations with Parliament, Penny Mordaunt, is far from that number. You have a few hours left, until 2:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. GMT), to do so. A task that seems difficult.

Mordaunt indicated Sunday night that he was still in the running, presenting himself as the person who could bring the party together.

“By making this difficult decision, (Boris Johnson) put the Country ahead of the Party, and the Party ahead of himself,” Mordaunt tweeted Monday morning. “He worked to guarantee the mandate and the majority that we have. We should use them properly, and I know he will work with us to do that,” he added.

If the minister obtains the necessary support and does not leave despite the advantage of her rival, the Conservative Party affiliates will have to vote online between now and Friday to decide their future boss and prime minister.

Otherwise, Rishi Sunak could be declared the winner this Monday to become the fifth prime minister since the 2016 Brexit referendum, which opened a page of economic and political turbulence in the United Kingdom.

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Rishi Sunak, possible new prime minister, and Liz Truss, the outgoing premier (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS)
Rishi Sunak, possible new prime minister, and Liz Truss, the outgoing premier (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

Budget Orthodoxy

Sunak, a defender of budgetary orthodoxy, seduces much of the Conservative Party at a time when the United Kingdom is going through a severe economic and social crisis aggravated by the twists and turns of Liz Truss that destabilized the markets and sank the pound.

Sunak sharply criticized Truss’s ultra-liberal economic plan.

Always sure of himself, Johnson, 58, said he was convinced that he would have had, if he were a candidate, “a good opportunity (…) to return to Downing Street”, after announcing his resignation from the position of first minister in July, cornered by dozens of resignations in his government, including that of Sunak.

Johnson also said he was “well positioned” to lead his party through the upcoming midterm elections in two years.

For its part, and with an advantage in the polls, the Labor opposition reiterated its call for early elections.

“The Tories are about to give Rishi Sunak the keys to the country without him saying a word about how he will govern,” Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner tweeted. “No one voted for it,” she added.

(With information from AFP / by Brigitte Dusseau)

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