24 Oct 2022

Britain PM Race: Rishi Sunak Inches Closer To Victory As Boris Johnson Pulls Out Of Race

London: In an unexpected move, former British PM Boris Johnson on Sunday said that he will not be contesting the Conservative Party leadership race. With this frontrunner Indian origin Rishi Sunak has inched closer to be elected Britain's first Indian-origin prime minister. 

Boris claimed he had crossed the 100-MPs threshold but would not go forward in the interest of Tory party's unity. 

In a statement, Johnson who resigned in July in the wake of the partygate' scandal of COVID-19 lockdown law-breaking parties said he had "cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations", but decided that "this is simply not the right time" to contest. 

“I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds,” Johnson said. 

“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time. And though I have reached out to both Rishi and Penny because I hoped that we could come together in the national interest we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this," he added.

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