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Nine candidates aim at replacing Boris Johnson

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Nine candidates aim at replacing Boris Johnson

London, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt became the ninth deputy in the race to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after a series of scandals that called into question his moral authority, integrity and leadership capacity.

Mordaunt, a member of the British Parliament since 2010, announced on Twitter her decision to enter the race for 10 Downing Street.

The list is made up so far of Foreign Minister Liz Truss, Interior Minister Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak, who was in charge of the Economy Ministry in Johnson’s cabinet until his resignation last Wednesday, attorney general, Suella Braverman, the deputies Tom Tugendhat and Kemi Badenoch, Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Minister of Transport Grant Shapps, and former Health Ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt, although other names could be added to it later on.

According to internal rules, each candidate needs to have the backing of at least eight of their co-religionists in Parliament to be able to participate in the elections.

Johnson will remain as interim prime minister until the election of his replacement, a process that could stretch into September to give candidates time to do their campaigning work.

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