British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared on Monday that he will not support any of the 11 candidates who aspire to replace him in the leadership of the Conservative Party, in a race that will be waged around fiscal pressure and whose agenda must be specified at throughout the day.
“I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s chances by offering my support,” Johnson said. in his first public appearance since his resignation on Thursday, cornered by a succession of scandals.
After a weekend at Checkers, the country residence of the prime ministers, Johnson assured that he was “determined to continue with the mandate that has been entrusted to us” and that the next head of government will have “a very good program to carry out cape”.
“But My job is above all to supervise the procedure for the next few weeks.“, he added. Johnson will remain in office at the head of the government until his successor is chosen.
The Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, could announce throughout the day her candidacy to succeed her in the leadership of the Conservative Party – with a majority in the House of Commons – and, therefore, in Downing Street.
On Sunday night, the Foreign Minister, Liz Truss46, joined the list of candidates, which includes the former Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak42 years old and the former Minister of Health, Sajid Javid52 years.
On Tuesday, both announced almost simultaneously that they were resigning from their posts, triggering a wave of resignations and dealing the fatal blow to Johnson.
Among the heavyweights to succeed the current prime minister are also the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Penny Mordaunt49, and the new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, 55 years old. So far, there are 11 candidates.
Zahawi has already seen his candidacy hampered by a revelation in the press that there is a tax investigation against him. The minister claimed that it is a campaign to “dirty him” and promised to publish his tax return every year if he is elected prime minister.
There is no clear favorite in the race to succeed Johnson, which is announced to be short and intense.
In a country suffering from 9.1% inflation, most candidates have rushed to put a series of tax cuts at the center of their campaigns, without explaining how they will finance them.
Truss promised to get down to business “from day one.” Rishi Sunak instead warned against “fairy tales that are comforting at the moment but will make things worse for our children tomorrow”.
The main opposition formation, the Labor Party, estimated that the combined announcements of the candidates amounted to about 200,000 million pounds (236,000 million euros).
The 1922 committee, responsible for the internal organization of the conservatives, must specify the calendar and the modalities of the race on Monday night.
The candidates will probably have to show that they have the support of 36 candidates to advance to the second round.The committee’s executive secretary, Bob Blackman, told Sky News on Monday.
Sunak is the only candidate with such support, according to a count by the news outlet Politico. He is one of the favorites, along with Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss, according to early bets.
Nominations could close on Tuesday night and knockout votes could start right after, leaving only two finalists when the parliamentary recess begins on July 22.
The Sky news television network announced a debate between the candidates on July 18 and the finalists will then have a few weeks to campaign.
The goal is for the final vote to elect the new head of the Conservative Party to take place no later than September.
Last week, Johnson made it clear that his government, hastily rebuilt after dozens of resignations in 48 hours, would not try to implement new policies or make big changes. Major budget decisions will be left to the next prime minister.
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