Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Reach Final Two in Race to Become Next UK Prime Minister

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will go head-to-head in the final round of the Tory leadership race to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Sunak topped the fifth round of voting on July 20 with 137 votes while Truss followed behind with 113 votes.

There were two spoiled ballots and one person did not vote, Sky News reported.

Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the race after receiving the least amount of votes at 105.

Sunak told reporters after the result that he would tackle the problems in the UK “with honesty and responsibility.”

Sunak also vowed to “support people… grow our economy and take advantage of the freedoms that Brexit gives us.”

Meanwhile, Truss said on Twitter that she was “ready to hit the ground running from day one.”

“We have got two years until a likely next general election and I want to deliver for people,” Truss told reporters.

Over the coming weeks, the two candidates — both of whom served in outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government — will begin campaigning around the country.

About 160,000 Tory party members will decide the winner between the final two candidates in a postal vote until Sept. 2.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 5 and will automatically become prime minister.


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