Replacement of UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gains momentum


Four contenders are confirmed for replacing Johnson including Tory backbench MP Steve Baker, from the time Johnson announced his resignation as Tory leader on Thursday.

Two more candidates entered the race on Friday to join Indian-origin Suella Braverman in the campaign to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and succeed Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister.

Following Grant Shapps, the UK Transport Secretary, in announcing his desire to run for president, Tom Tugendhat, the Chair of the influential House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, also announced his intention to run.

Following an unprecedented wave of resignations from the government and a Cabinet uprising, Johnson ultimately bowed to intense political pressure on Thursday and resigned as the head of the Conservative Party.

Most prospective party leaders, according to political commentators, have been working on their campaigns behind closed doors for several weeks.

Former health secretary Sajid Javid, current finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, and current foreign secretary Liz Truss are likely candidates.

Johnson’s detractors have argued that he must be removed from office as quickly as possible, with Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab serving as interim leader. Other Tory lawmakers insist that Johnson should stay in his position during the summer, saying that replacing him could lead to even more unrest.

A schedule for the Tory leadership race is scheduled to be announced the following week, and a new prime minister is anticipated to take office by September.

Before Johnson’s departure was officially announced, the race to succeed him as leader appeared to get under way when Attorney General Suella Braverman unexpectedly declared her candidature on Wednesday night.