Rishi Sunak tops second round of voting in UK leadership contest


  • World
  • Thursday, 14 Jul 2022

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak walks in London, Britain, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the second round of voting to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister, as one candidate was eliminated.

Sunak came top with 101 votes, followed by junior trade minister and bookmakers' favourite Penny Mordaunt on 83 votes and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on 64 votes. Attorney General Suella Braverman was eliminated with 27 votes.

Lawmaker Tom Tugendhat received 32 votes and Kemi Badenoch received 49 votes.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Alistair Smout, writing by William James)

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