British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, following a series of scandals and the collective resignation of more than 50 cabinet members.
Boris intends to stay in his position in the Northern Hemisphere until the autumn, so that the Conservatives have time to choose a new leader to replace him.
The prime minister said the timetable would be detailed next week and the process to choose the next leader “starts now”.
Below is a summary of some of the main contenders to replace him at the top of the United Kingdom.
The Foreign Secretary has been a darling of the ruling Conservative Party and regularly tops polls of party members conducted by website Conservative Home.
Truss has a carefully cultivated public image and last year was photographed in a tank, echoing a famous 1986 photo of Britain’s first prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.
The 46-year-old initially campaigned against Brexit but said she changed her mind after the referendum.
He spent the first two years of Johnson’s administration as foreign secretary, and last year was appointed Britain’s chief negotiator with the European Union.
Trussy is now tasked with dealing with the EU over Brexit trade rules with Northern Ireland, where he has taken a tougher line in negotiations.
He said Monday that Johnson has “100% support” and urged colleagues to support him.
The 55-year-old former foreign secretary was second to Johnson in the 2019 leadership race. He would offer a more serious and less confrontational leadership style after the Johnson upheaval.
For the past two years, Hunt has used his experience as a former health minister to chair parliament’s health select committee and has not been tapped to serve in the current government.
Earlier this year, he said his bid to become prime minister “hasn’t completely disappeared”. Hunt said he voted to sack Johnson in a confidence vote last month, which the prime minister narrowly won.
Hunt supported staying in the EU before the 2016 vote. It is unclear whether he will feel the need to take a tough line against Brussels to win over conservative voters, or whether he may pursue a more pragmatic relationship to improve the post-EU. trade Brexit:
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, 52, has overtaken Truss in recent months to become the most popular member of the government among Conservative Party members, according to Conservative Home, thanks to his handling of the war in Ukraine.
A former soldier, he was mentioned in dispatches in 1992 for an incident in which a patrol he led captured an Irish Republican Army guerrilla unit suspected of attempting to carry out a bombing attack on British troops.
He began his political career as a member of the devolved Scottish Assembly in May 1999, before being first elected to the Westminster Parliament in 2005.
He was security secretary from 2016 until taking up his current role three years later, winning praise last year when his department pulled British nationals and allies out of Afghanistan and sent arms to Kiev.
He was in favor of remaining in the European Union before the referendum.
Sunak, who resigned as finance minister on Tuesday, saying the British public “rightly expects the government to act properly, competently and seriously”, was the favorite to replace Johnson until last year.
He was praised for his Covid-19 economic rescue package, including a costly job preservation program that averted mass unemployment.
But Sunak later faced criticism for not providing enough support for families’ living expenses.
The revelations about his wealthy wife’s uninhabitable tax status and the fine he received with Johnson for breaking the Covid-19 lockdown rules have damaged his position.
His tax and spending budget last year put Britain on course for its heaviest tax burden since the 1950s, undermining his claims to lower taxes.
Sunak voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
Javid was the first minister to resign in protest at allegations that Johnson misled the public about what he knew about allegations of sexual harassment against the Conservative lawmaker.
A former banker and free market advocate, Javid has held various cabinet posts, most recently as health minister. He resigned as Johnson’s finance minister in 2020.
The son of Pakistani Muslim immigrant parents, he is a Thatcher fan and came fourth in the 2019 leadership contest to replace former prime minister Theresa May.
Javid backed staying in the EU “with a heavy heart and no enthusiasm”, saying he feared the fallout from a vote to leave would add to the economic turmoil.
The newly appointed finance minister has impressed as vaccines minister as the UK has had one of the fastest starts in the world to Covid-19 vaccination campaigns.
Zahavi’s personal history as a former refugee from Iraq who came to Britain as a child sets him apart from the other candidates.
He co-founded the research firm YouGov before entering parliament in 2010. His last job was as Minister of Education.
Zahavi said last week that it would be a “privilege” to be prime minister at some point. He was in favor of leaving the EU.
The former defense secretary was sacked by Johnson when he became prime minister after he backed his rival Hunt in the leadership contest.
Mordon was a vocal campaigner for leaving the European Union and made national headlines for appearing on the now-defunct reality TV show.
Currently working at the Commerce Department, Mordunt called government parties that flouted the lockdown rules “shameful.” He had previously pledged allegiance to Johnson.
Mordon campaigned to leave the EU in 2016.
The chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee and a former soldier who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan has already indicated he will run for any leadership contest.
He has been a constant critic of Johnson and would offer his party a break from previous administrations.
However, it is relatively untested because it never served in the cabinet.
He voted to remain in the EU.
Braverman, the pro-Brexit attorney general, has said he intends to run for leader.
During his tenure, he has been heavily criticized by lawyers after the government tried to break international law over post-Brexit trading rules in Northern Ireland.
He favored leaving the EU and served in the Brexit department in May, but resigned in protest at the then prime minister’s proposed Brexit deal, saying it did not go far enough to sever ties with the bloc.