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Rishi Sunak leads the race for new PM in Britain, Indian-origin Suella Braverman among top 8 contenders


Britain PM Race: After the resignation of Boris Johnson in Britain, the search for the new Prime Minister of the country started. The process of filing nomination was completed on Tuesday. The names of 8 people who are contending for the post of Prime Minister have been released. In the first phase of the Prime Minister elections, two Indians have managed to make a place. Those two names are Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman. Rishi Sunak Kumar’s name tops the race for Britain’s new PM.

Rishi Sunak was the Finance Minister in the Boris Johnson government. In Britain, only after the resignation of Rishi Sunak, many ministers also left their posts. PM Boris Johnson also had to resign after a lot of pressure on many ministers coming out of the government.

Who are the contenders for PM in Britain?

In Britain, two Indian-origin MPs – former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Attorney General Suella Braverman – made their place among the 8 contenders to become PM. Britain’s new prime minister will replace Boris Johnson as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party. Besides Sunak and Braverman, the list includes Foreign Minister Liz Truss, new Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Commerce Minister Penny Mordent, former cabinet ministers Kemi Badenok, Jeremy Hunt and MP Tom Tugendhat.

Rishi Sunak leads the race for PM

Rishi Sunak has the support of maximum number of MPs. Starting his campaign, 42-year-old Sunak said that I am running a positive campaign which is focused on what benefits the party and the country can get from my leadership. Goa-origin Suela Braverman is currently the Attorney General in the British Cabinet and has been an MP since 2015. To make it to this list, the support of at least 20 MPs was needed.

How many MPs support for the second round?

In Britain, only those candidates will be able to go to the second round for PM, who will have the support of at least 30 MPs. Shortly before the closing of the nomination process, two Pakistani-origin candidates – former Health Minister Sajid Javid and Foreign Office Minister Rehman Chishti – withdrew their nominations as they could not garner the support of 20 MPs. The new PM of Britain will be elected on 5 September. After the second phase of polling on Thursday, the last two candidates will be selected in a phased manner.

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