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Boris Johnson elected as new UK PM

Boris Johnson elected as new UK PM

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Jul 23, 2019 - 19:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Boris Johnson on Tuesday was elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party and the country’s next prime minister, according to a media report.

After becoming as the new Prime Minister Johnson is tasked with following through on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit in just over three months time.

Johnson and his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, spent the last month crisscrossing the country seeking to win over the less than 200,000 Conservative Party members who chose Britain’s new leader.

Johnson garnered 92,153 votes and Hunt 46,656, according to BBC. Voting closed on Monday and the result was announced on Tuesday morning.

Johnson will formally take over as prime minister on Wednesday afternoon, succeeding Theresa May who stepped down over her failure to get parliament to ratify her Brexit deal. May pledged "full support" to Johnson in a congratulatory tweet.

Johnson, a former London mayor who resigned as foreign minister a year ago over May’s Brexit plans, was the clear favorite to replace May, with several polls putting him on around 70 percent.

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