The Conservative Party announced that the new United Kingdom prime minister will be revealed on Sept. 5.
Sir Graham Brady, the chairperson of the 1922 Committee, set out a two-stage process with the first ballot to be staged on July 13 and the second on July 14.
Candidates will be whittled down to just two by July 21 when the party will make the final choice on who will replace Boris Johnson as the UK prime minister.
“I hope we will have a very constructive contest but a really good opportunity for a proper healthy constructive debate about the future direction of the Conservative party,” Brady told reporters.
To speed up the race, the Committee increased the number of nominations that a candidate needed to enter from eight to 20, and 30 votes to get past the first round.
The Conservative party said the ballot of members will be a hybrid of postal and digital to ensure that all eligible members can participate.
The timetable leaves Johnson with a further eight weeks in Downing Street for his “caretaker period.”
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