The name of the new British Prime Minister will be announced on 5 September

Image Source: AP The name of the new British Prime Minister will be announced on 5 September

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  • The name of the new Prime Minister of Britain will be announced on 5 September.
  • So far 11 candidates have declared to contest the elections.
  • Former British Indian minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are among the candidates.

Announcement of the name of British Prime Minister: The body responsible for elections to the Tory leadership said on Monday that the name of the new prime minister of the United Kingdom would be announced on 5 September, who would replace the incumbent Boris Johnson. The 1922 Conservative backbench committee of lawmakers set the timetable and rules of the game for the election, which will officially open and also close for nominations on Tuesday.

Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party’s backbench 1922 committee, stated that this limit was much higher than the required support of eight MPs seen in the party’s general rules.

So far, 11 candidates, led by prominent candidates such as former British Indian minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, have declared their intention to contest. “Of course, we must have a conclusion and a new leader of the party elected and announced on 5 September. The important thing is that we have reached the point where we are and now we have to move on and take things forward. There’s a very clear plan to solve the leadership question,” Brady said.

The new rules, voted on by the committee during a crucial meeting on Monday, mean that Tory members of parliament who put themselves forward to become leaders of the Conservative Party will have to go to the ballot with at least 20 other Tory MPs. There should be support.

These candidates would then need at least 30 votes to go to the next round, or just under 10 percent of Tory lawmakers. The first polling will be held on Wednesday and the second on Thursday, when the field is expected to narrow further. There is a provision for more ballots next week if the race to reach the last two candidates is not over by the end of this week.

Many of the Conservative Party’s 358 lawmakers have yet to declare who they will support, with the shortlist likely to become clearer as the week progresses.

(with agency input)

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