Who could replace Boris Johnson if he is fired (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of confidence on Monday amid several scandals, including revelations about the downing of the Downing Street residence in the midst of a pandemic lockdown. If he loses the vote of confidence, he will be ousted, which will mean that the Conservative Party will hold an internal competition to nominate a successor.

Reuters briefly presents the main politicians who could take the place of the current British Prime Minister:

Liz Truss

The head of British diplomacy is constantly in the top of the trust between the members of the Conservative Party. Truss carefully cultivated his public image, photographing himself in a tank last year, which evoked a similar picture in 1986 of the first woman to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher.

The 46-year-old politician was Minister of International Trade in the first two years of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s term, and in 2021 she was appointed Chief Negotiator with the European Union. She expressed her 100% support for Johnson on Monday and encouraged her colleagues to support the prime minister.

Jeremy Hunt

Former Foreign Minister Hunt, 55, came in second at the Conservative Party’s 2019 domestic competition after Boris Johnson. He would offer a more serious and less controversial leadership style after Johnson’s turbulent tenure. For the past two years, he has used his experience as a former health minister to chair the House Health Committee. Earlier this year, he said his ambition to become prime minister had not “completely wiped out”.

Rishi Sunak

Until last year, the current finance minister was the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson. Sunak was praised for the economic recovery package during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a job-loss program that prevented massive unemployment that would have cost £ 410 billion ($ 514 billion).

However, he was criticized for not giving enough support to British households and was fined for violating coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Rishi Sunak said on Monday he supported Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Nadhim Zahawi

The current Minister of Education, Nadhim Zahawi, stood out during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with the United Kingdom achieving one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. The personal story of Zahawi, a former Iraqi refugee who arrived in the UK as a child, sets him apart from other Conservative politicians with the chance to lead the party. He is one of the co-founders of YouGov, a social studies company, before entering parliament in 2010. Last week, he said it would be a “privilege” if he became prime minister.

Penny Mordaunt

A former defense minister and a staunch supporter of Brexit, Penny Mordaunt was ousted by Boris Johnson when he became prime minister after she backed Jeremy Hunt in the 2019 Conservative domestic competition. She described as “shameful” the parties organized in full lockdown in Downing Street, and last month said that British voters want to see “professionalism and competence” from the government.

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