Rishi Sunak officially announced today his candidacy for the new leader of the British Conservative Party, who will then replace Liz Truss as Prime Minister, reported Reuters.
The former finance minister is believed to be the favorite in the race. He was the first to secure already on Friday the support of at least 100 conservative MPs – a mandatory condition for admission to the internal elections in the ruling party.
“Britain is a great country, but we are in a deep economic crisis. That is why I am running to be the leader of the Conservative Party and your future Prime Minister. I want to solve the problems in our economy, unite our party, and serve our country.” Sunak wrote on Twitter.
His rivals are former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt.
So far, Mordont was the only official candidate. However, she secured the support of only 23 conservative MPs out of the required 100.
The Conservative Party has a total of 357 representatives in the 650-member House of Commons.
Boris Johnson, who cut short his holiday in the Dominican Republic to return to Britain yesterday, continues to struggle to secure the support of at least 100 MPs, Reuters notes.
Yesterday, the Times wrote that Johnson had achieved this goal.
The deadline for enlisting the support of at least 100 deputies from the potential candidates expires tomorrow at 2 p.m. (4 p.m. Bulgarian time).