Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in runoff to May succession
The British ex-Foreign Minister Boris Johnson and current Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt are in the run-off election for the Tory presidency, succeeding Prime Minister Theresa May. At the fifth and final round, Johnson scored 160 votes, Hunt 77. Environment Minister Michael Gove resigned with 75 votes.
Who is the new party leader and thus Prime Minister, should now decide the 160,000 Tory party members by the end of July by primary vote. Boris Johnson is also popular at the grassroots level according to polls. The former foreign minister is credited with recapturing Brexit voters who have turned away from the conservatives.
Theresa may retired in early June as Tory chairman. It had failed to organize a majority in Britain's parliament for its EU-negotiated Brexit agreement. The EU's exit from the United Kingdom will take place on 31 October.