The runner up with Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak is set to become UK’s next Prime Minister after the resignation of Truss in just 6 weeks.
Sunak’s next opposition Penny Mordaynt is distant enough to attain desired votes required to fight to replace the outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss.
The Indian-origin Rishi Sunak has a support of 142 members of the Parliament, which is far above the needed 100 members to win the top post.
“I want to fix our economy, unite our party and deliver for our country,” said the former chancellor in his statement.
Boris Johnson, who cut off a vacation in the Caribbean to attempt to the support of 100 legislators to participate in Monday’s fight, took out in an unexpected move on Sunday, saying he wouldn’t be able to lead “a united party in parliament”.
He said he had received the support of 102 legislators and might have been “back in Downing Street”, however that he had neglected to convince either Sunak, or the other competitor Penny Mordaunt, to meet up “in the national interest”.
“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time,” said the former PM Boris Johnson.
“Although he has decided not to run for PM again, I truly hope he continues to contribute to public life at home and abroad,” he further said.
Penny Mordaunt was the only contender left against Rishi Sunak after Boris Johnson’s exit. On Friday, when Ms Mordaunt entered the race he had support of 29 members.
If Mordaunt fails to have support of 100 members by 2 pm today, Rishi Sunak will automatically become the new British Prime Minister.