Who will succeed Boris Johnson? If the name of the next British Prime Minister is still unknown, the list of suitors continues to grow. Three new candidates entered the race on Saturday evening, including former Health Minister Savid Javid, who brings the number of candidates to eight.

In addition to Savid Javid, new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi and former foreign and health minister Jeremy Hunt, who faced Boris Johnson in 2019 for leadership of the Conservative party, were candidates. They were preceded by the current British Secretary of State for Transport. Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak is one of the heavyweights in the competition.

Two days after the announcement of Boris Johnson’s resignation, his potential successors therefore continue to reveal their intentions. The competition that will open for the head of the Conservative Party and therefore of Downing Street, since the Tories are the majority in the House of Commons, could however last several months.

Secretary of State for Transportation, Grant Shapps, announced his candidacy promising a “strategic” and “sober” government. A seasoned MP who made his debut in the cabinet of former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010, he is not a favorite in the polls. No more than three other candidates have declared themselves, former Secretary of State for Equality Kemi Badenoch, Attorney General Suella Braverman and Deputy Tom Tugendhat.

Rishi Sunak among the favorites

On the other hand, 42-year-old Rishi Sunak was the first major suitor to launch his candidacy on Friday, in a particularly curated video, to the point of fueling long-prepared suspicions of candidacy and betrayal. Long a favorite to enter Downing Street in the event of Boris Johnson’s fall, he found himself greatly weakened a few months ago after the revelation of the favorable tax status enjoyed by his wealthy wife. The announcement of his candidacy, to which several MPs immediately gathered, seems to have created a rebound: a poll on Friday for Canale 4 of 493 party members gave him the favorite candidate of the Conservatives (25%), in front of the minister Foreign Affairs Liz Truss (21%) who has not yet declared herself.

Yet Boris Johnson’s faithful have not digested his attitude, the Financial Times evoking on Saturday a “great anger” towards him within the team of the outgoing prime minister. Rishi Sunak had been one of the first to leave government on Tuesday night, apparently without even telling Boris Johnson, with Health Minister Sajid Javid politically bleeding the Brexit hero fatally. The party state also suggests a very open competition, in which the secretary of state for foreign trade Penny Mordaunt, who has not declared himself, and Sajid Javid are also serious competitors.

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