The British Secretary of State for Commerce, Penny Mordaunt, announced this Sunday that she is presenting her candidacy to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Prime Minister, with which there are already nine candidates for the position.
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Mordaunt made his decision known on his Twitter social network account, in which he posted a video to indicate that the Conservative leadership has to change so that it is less focused on the personality of the leader and more on the affairs of the country.
With Mordaunt there are nine parliamentarians who enter the process to replace Johnson, who resigned last Thursday after the resignation of more than 50 members of his Government in protest at his management and the scandals that dotted his leadership, such as the parties in the Downing Street residence during the pandemic.
The other candidates are former UK Health Ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak; the current Minister of Economy, Nadhim Zahawi; the person in charge of Transport, Grant Shapps; the president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament, Tom Tugendhat; the Attorney General, Suella Braverman, and the former Secretary of State for Equalities Kemi Badenoch.
Foreign Affairs Minister Liz Truss is also expected to join these internal elections, possibly this Monday or Tuesday, according to some British media.
Another favorite, Defense Minister Ben Wallace, yesterday ruled out presenting his candidacy by indicating on his Twitter account that he is focused on keeping the country safe.
The influential 1922 Committee, which brings together conservative deputies without portfolio, will elect its executive tomorrow, Monday, and will announce the calendar for electing the new leader.