Looking for Tory party leader: Race for premiership: Hunt becomes Johnson challenger
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London (AP) - Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt competes against favorite Boris Johnson in the race for the post of conservative party leader and British prime minister.
He received 77 votes at the fifth and final round of voting in the group on Thursday, defeating Environment Minister Michael Gove, who received 75 votes.
As already set was Boris Johnson, who again with 160 votes far ahead of his competitors. Johnson and Hunt now compete in a runoff election, in which the party members have the last word. It should be known by the end of July who will become the new party leader and therefore prime minister. Beforehand, they will introduce themselves to Tory members at about 15 regional conferences. Johnson is hugely popular at the party base.
Johnson was one of the spokesmen for the Brexit before the referendum in 2016. The British had then voted by a narrow majority for the separation from the EU. However, the withdrawal had to be postponed twice because there was no majority in parliament for the Brexit agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May with Brussels. The deadline for withdrawal from the EU has now been extended until 31 October.