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Ex-finance minister, Indian-origin Rishi Sunak wins most votes in 1st round of voting for UK PM post

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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London: After the first round of voting in the race for the post of Prime Minister of Britain, Indian-origin Rishi Sunak has reached the fore in the race for the Prime Minister of Britain. In fact, the first round of voting took place in garnering the votes of MPs under his Conservative Party, in which he is leading over all other candidates. Former UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has garnered 88 MPs, while second number Penny Mordaunt has got 67 votes. In this way they are behind by 21 votes. On the other hand, Truss Liege, who was the Foreign Minister of Britain, got only 50 votes.

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According to a Bloomberg report, apart from Sunak, Foreign Minister Liz Truss, Commerce Minister Penny Mordent, former cabinet minister Kemi Badnok, MP Tom Tugendhat and British cabinet attorney general Suella Braverman are in the race.

In the first phase of voting, Penny got 67 votes, Liz 50, Kemi 40, Tom Tugendat 37 and Suella Braverman 32 votes. Let us inform that after the initial retrenchment, there was a contest between the remaining eight candidates in the first round of voting. The new Finance Minister Nadhim Jahavi got 25 votes while Jeremy Hunt got only 18 votes. In such a situation, both were out of the race for the Prime Minister.

To go to the second round, one has to get the support of at least 30 MPs. The Conservative Party has 358 members in Parliament. Sunak has been voted by 88 MPs. After the second phase of polling on Thursday, the last two candidates will be elected in a phased manner. The new prime minister of Britain will be elected on 5 September.

Boris Johnson, who came under pressure after the resignation of the ministers, had recently announced to resign from the post of Prime Minister. After this, 42-year-old Sunak started his campaign. Then he said, “I am running a positive campaign which is focused on what benefits the party and the country can get from my leadership.”

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