LONDON | The name of Boris Johnson’s successor at the head of the British Conservative Party will be known on September 5, announced Monday evening the chairman of the parliamentary committee responsible for establishing the rules of the ballot, Graham Brady.
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He said the submission of applications would open and close on Tuesday, and that a first round to start eliminating some of the 11 candidates would take place on Wednesday. A second will take place on Thursday.
Applicants will need at least 20 referrals for their application to be accepted.
Boris Johnson, forced to resign last Thursday by a mutiny within his government, announced that he would not support any.
“I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s chances by offering my support,” he said Monday in his first public appearance since his resounding resignation.
The new leader of the Conservative Party will automatically become Prime Minister, the party having the majority in the House of Commons.