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Rishi Sunak To Become UK’s New Prime Minister

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Rishi Sunak has been elected Conservative leader and will become Prime Minister after Penny Mordaunt, like Boris Johnson, stepped down from the race just minutes before the party was set to announce how many MPs supported each candidate.



Two minutes before the nomination process closed at 2 p.m., Mordaunt tweeted that she had withdrawn and that Sunak had her “full support.” This was an apparent acknowledgement that she had not reached the necessary 100 MP threshold to proceed.



Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, announced the result five minutes later: “I can confirm that we have one valid nomination, and Rishi Sunak is elected as leader of the Conservative party.”



He will formally take over as Prime Minister from Liz Truss on Tuesday after Truss has served 50 days in the job.