Boris Johnson Resigning as UK Prime Minister
Speculation is swirling about who could replace him
As Boris Johnson announced plans to step down Thursday, speculation swirled about who would replace him as Britain’s prime minister.
The leadership race in Britain is very different from that in the United States: the prime minister is chosen from within the ruling party rather than at a general election.
With the Conservatives in power, any Tory lawmaker can put themself forward for the role — provided they receive nominations from at least two colleagues. The party then holds several rounds of secret-ballot votes to whittle down the field and the final two candidates are put before the grass-roots members of the Conservative Party, a group of about 200,000 people, who will select the winner to take the place of Johnson as prime minister.
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