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Rishi Sunak wins second round of voting to succeed Boris Johnson as Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak UK PM race: There are now five candidates left in the Tory leadership contest after Suella Braverman, the Indian-origin Attorney General in the fray, was knocked off the shortlist with the least votes at 27.

Edited By: Abhro Banerjee @AbhroBanerjee1 New Delhi Updated on: July 14, 2022 20:14 IST
Former UK finance minister Rishi Sunak
Image Source : AP Former UK finance minister Rishi Sunak

Former UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak tightened his grip on the race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister. Sunak has bagged 101 votes to again emerge as the winner of the latest voting round on Thursday.

There are now five candidates left in the Tory leadership contest after Suella Braverman, the Indian-origin Attorney General in the fray, was knocked off the shortlist with the least votes at 27.

Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt (83 votes), Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (64 votes), former minister Kemi Badenoch (49 votes) and Tory backbencher Tom Tugendhat (32 votes) remain on the ballot in the narrowing race after the second round of votes were cast by lawmakers.

The next few rounds of voting among Conservative Party members of Parliament to whittle this list down to just two by next Thursday is scheduled for early next week.

(With inputs from PTI)

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