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Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads as he seeks to reclaim top job


Boris Johnson is a leading contender for the post of British Prime Minister, despite being ousted from office just three months ago after losing support from his own party, according to reports on Friday.

Conservative lawmakers across the UK faced a fresh crisis this week when Liz Truss resigned as prime minister on Thursday after holding the post for just 44 days.

UK PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS RESIGNS AFTER LESS THAN 2 MONTHS IN OFFICE

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks to the media in Downing Street in London, Thursday October 20, 2022.
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Although he left office amid a series of scandals like ‘partygate’ and the mass resignation of several top officials following allegations of sexual misconduct involving his former Conservative Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, Johnson would be the a leading contender among conservative lawmakers. .

With opinion polls reportedly showing Britain’s Conservative Party could be wiped out in the next national election, Tory officials are seeking the 100 votes needed from Tory lawmakers to take the top job now.

However, Johnson is not guaranteed to return as prime minister and is expected to face his former finance minister, Rishi Sunak.

A party election among Conservative lawmakers will be held on Monday as long as all candidates are able to reach the minimum 100 votes, according to Reuters.

If only one candidate receives the minimum number of votes required, that candidate will automatically win the position.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to deliver a statement at Downing Street in London, July 7, 2022.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to deliver a statement at Downing Street in London, July 7, 2022.
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Once the race is narrowed to just two candidates, voting will be open to the roughly 170,000 lawmakers who make up the Conservative Party, the publication explained.

Not everyone in Johnson’s party or even his former cabinet is apparently convinced he could pull off the strong comeback needed to fill the premiership, reports suggested on Friday.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, centre, listens as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Downing Street on May 17, 2022 in London.

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, centre, listens as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Downing Street on May 17, 2022 in London.
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“The country needs a mature, serious leader. Boris has had his chance, let’s move on. I suspect that’s not what the Tory Party will do, they just might re-elect him,” said Will Walden , Chief Counsel and Director of Communications. the BBC.

Voting is expected to close on Friday, October 28, with results to be announced the same day.

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