London [UK]Jul 11 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss on Sunday launched a bid to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, local media reported.
Truss, 46, is widely seen as one of the potential contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
Notably, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had cut short her trip to a G20 meeting in Indonesia to return to London. Moreover, the number of candidates increased to 11 shortly after his announcement as MP Rehman Chishti followed suit with his own candidacy.
Johnson resigned on Thursday following a dramatic cabinet revolt against his outraged leadership, but will remain caretaker prime minister until a new Tory leader is elected.
Nearly 30 UK government officials, including key figures like UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, have tendered their resignations over the recent scandal involving former Deputy Chief Whip Christopher Pincher.
A total of 58 ministers left government following an ethics scandal that eventually forced the British prime minister to resign.
Johnson agreed to step down after one of his closest allies, Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi, told the prime minister to step down for the good of the country.
“Prime Minister: This is not sustainable and it will only get worse: for you, for the Conservative Party and most importantly for the whole country,” Zahawi said in a letter to Johnson. “You have to do the right thing and leave now.”
Johnson, 58, managed to stay in office for nearly three years, despite allegations that he was too close to party donors, shielded supporters from allegations of intimidation and corruption, and that he misled Parliament and was dishonest to the public about parties in government office. who broke pandemic lockdown rules.
However, Johnson could continue to serve until October when the Conservative Party meets for its annual conference to find a replacement. Traditionally, when a Conservative leader resigns, he gives the party time to mount a thorough leadership contest.
Former minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak also announced his candidacy to become Britain’s next prime minister on Friday. (ANI)