Nigeria’s Kemi Badenoch made top four to replace Johnson

nigeria's kemi badenoch made top four to replace johnson
nigeria’s kemi badenoch made top four to replace johnson

Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak maintained his lead in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister on Monday, when another candidate was eliminated, leaving four candidates in an increasingly heated contest.

In the third poll of Conservative lawmakers on Monday, Sunak received 115 votes, surpassing former defence minister Penny Mordaunt with 82 and foreign secretary Liz Truss with 71.

Since Johnson announced earlier this month that he would leave after his scandal-ridden administration lost the support of many members of his ruling Conservative Party, the race to succeed him has taken a nasty turn, with several candidates attacking the frontrunner Sunak.

Those seeking to advance to a runoff between the final two candidates have criticised him on everything from his government record to his wife’s riches, with foreign secretary Truss and junior trade minister Mordaunt as his most likely opponents.

The foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier and Johnson critic who has never had a position in government, was eliminated from the race for leadership on Monday after receiving the fewest votes (31).

Former Minister of Equality Kemi Badenoch placed fourth with 58 votes.

This week, the governing Conservative Party’s 358 legislators will eliminate the contender with the fewest votes each time until only two candidates remain. Tuesday at 14:00 GMT, the results of the following vote are due.

The new prime minister will be named on September 5 following the 200,000 Conservative Party members who voted by mail this summer.

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