Who will succeed Boris Johnson?

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After today’s resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party, the question of who will be his successor remains open, and the news agency Reuters has published an overview of possible candidates.

Reuters’ list of possible candidates begins with British Foreign Minister Liz Truss, a favorite of the ruling Conservative Party, who spent the first two years of Johnson’s prime ministership as trade minister, and last year was appointed Britain’s chief negotiator with the European Union.

Truss is now tasked with dealing with Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trade issues, and because of her tough stance on that and other issues, the British public often associates her with Margaret Thatcher, according to Reuters.

Reuters then highlights former British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who came second in the 2019 Conservative Party leader election when Johnson won, and earlier this year said his ambition to become prime minister “hasn’t completely disappeared.”

The next candidate is Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who in recent months has overtaken Liz Truss to become the most popular member of the government among members of the Conservative Party, thanks to his attitude towards the Ukraine crisis.

He was security minister from 2016 until taking up his current role, and won sympathy when his department evacuated British nationals and allies from Afghanistan last year, as well as for sending weapons to Kiev.

Reuters also mentions Rishi Sunak as a possible candidate, who resigned as finance minister on Tuesday, saying that the British public “rightly expects the government to be competent and serious”, and until last year he was the favorite to succeed Johnson.

His popularity rose due to his economic package to mitigate the consequences of the covid-19 epidemic, which included a job retention program to prevent mass unemployment, but he was later criticized for not giving enough support to British households in the face of the rising cost of living and together with Johnson violated anti-epidemic measures.

They are followed by Sahid Javid, the first minister to resign in protest when Johnson was accused of concealing knowledge that a Conservative MP had committed sexual harassment.

There is also Nadim Zahavi, the newly appointed finance minister, who impressed the British public as the “minister for vaccines” at a time when Britain was rapidly developing a vaccine against covid-19.

He is followed by Penny Mordaunt, the former defense secretary, who was sacked by Johnson when he became prime minister after she backed his rival for the Conservative leadership, as well as Tom Tagenhat, the chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee and a former soldier who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and Suela Braverman, the chief prosecutor and supporter of Brexit, who was heavily criticized by lawyers during her tenure, judging that the British government violated international law in connection with trade with Northern Ireland, according to the British agency.

Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.

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