Wednesday, November 30

Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announces his candidacy to lead the Conservative Party

The former Minister of Economy of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak announced this Sunday that he will opt to lead the Conservative Party and, therefore, to become the country’s prime minister, after this week Liz Truss announced that she was resigning from both positions before the pressure from his party due to the failure of his tax reduction program. The conservative has made this decision public in a letter shared on social networks in which he promises to “fix the economy”, “unite the party” and “work for the country”.

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“The UK is a great country, but we are facing a deep economic crisis. The election of our party also makes us decide whether the new generations of Britons are going to have more opportunities than their predecessors. That is why I am running to be the new prime minister and the leader of the Conservative Party ”, explained in the letter from him who was the head of Economy during the Government of Boris Johnson and one of the main supporters of Brexit.

The Conservatives have begun the internal process to settle their new leadership after Liz Truss resigned on Thursday as head of the party and prime minister of the country as a result of a controversial fiscal program that drove the markets crazy and put the country’s financial stability at risk. .

The candidates to lead the formation have until this Monday at 2:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. peninsular) to make their candidacy official and present the support of at least one hundred deputies from their bench. If two or three candidates reach the threshold – which is possible – two rounds of voting by deputies will be held. The first vote will take place on Monday at 3:30 p.m. and the results will be announced at 6:00 p.m. The second round, if necessary, will take place that same night, with the final result at 9:00 p.m.

Until now, only the leader of the conservative group in the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, had officially presented her candidacy for the leadership. Yesterday, however, numerous ‘Tory’ parliamentarians had been publicly announcing their support, both for Sunak, who already had 125 public endorsements yesterday, and for former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who despite not having made public his intention to appear yesterday caused a spectacular stir in his country with his landing in London after a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

This Saturday a source from the ex-premier’s campaign told the BBC that he had the 100 necessary supports, although publicly only 53 have given him their support, including his former Interior Minister Priti Patel, who yesterday praised the virtues of the leadership of the first minister who crystallized Brexit.

Sunak, for his part, last night obtained the support of the Minister of International Trade, Kemi Badenoch (who once supported Truss), who insisted that the party “is not a vehicle for the personal ambitions of an individual”, in reference to Johnson. The two main candidates held a conversation yesterday amid speculation that they could reach an agreement that would lay the foundations for forming a conservative government of unity.