Boris Johnson drops out of the Downing Street race

The former British Prime Minister thus leaves the way open for the big favorite Rishi Sunak to succeed Liz Truss.

Correspondent in London,

Boris Johnson ended three days of incredible excitement. He announced on Sunday night that he was abandoning the new blitzkrieg campaign for Downing Street as the country speculated about a spectacular comeback, three months after he was ousted in an internal coup.

“Over the last few days I have unfortunately come to the conclusion that it just wouldn’t be the right thing to do.he explained in a press release. You cannot govern effectively if you do not have a unified party in parliament.”.

However, BoJo has claimed to have reached the 100 sponsorships (102 to be exact) of Conservative MPs, which is crucial to get into the race. “But now is not the right time”, he said. Boris Johnson thus leaves the way open for the big favorite Rishi Sunak to succeed, albeit with a new twist, Liz Truss.

The former finance minister had quickly reached the threshold of 100 MP sponsorships. By officially declaring himself a candidate, he pretended to be the savior of a country in a sorry state. “I will fix our economy, unite our party and act for our country”, Sunak wrote on Twitter. Everyone with “integrity, professionalism and responsibility”, a spade to his rival Johnson. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer for “BoJo” clearly emerged as the preferred choice of Tory MPs, clearly leading the race.

Sunak managed to gather numbers from the right side of the party, former allies of Boris Johnson, who would normally have turned to him. Among them current Home Secretary Grant Shapps, Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman and influential MP Steve Baker. The latter predicted a “guaranteed disaster” if Johnson returned to power.

The former deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab, had also argued that the party could not afford it “another episode of the soap opera”Partygate“ยป, these parties in Downing Street during the prisons. Indeed, Boris Johnson is still under investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Committee, which will determine whether he lied to elected officials. With the risk of a suspension of the Folketing.


However, “BoJo” had received support from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, and the Secretary of State, James Cleverly. He could hope to count on the support of party members, who must vote to release the finalists if two candidates pass the 100 sponsorship mark.

According to a study by Sunday Telegraph, just over half thought Johnson would make the best prime minister, compared to 28% for Rishi Sunak. And nearly 60% thought Johnson’s departure at the start of the summer was a mistake. But Johnson felt they could not go against the MPs and that the sword of Partygate was too threatening.

If Parliamentary Affairs Minister Penny Mordaunt has her 100 supporters, there will be a vote by activists until Friday. If not, or if she steps down, Rishi Sunak will go straight into Downing Street at the start of the week. “I think I am well placed to secure a Conservative victory in 2024,” wrote Boris Johnson though. Suggesting that the story was not over.


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