London: Either Sunak or Liz Truss will be chosen in a ballot of 180,000 Conservative members to be the party’s new leader. The winner will be announced on Sept. 5 and will automatically become Britain’s new prime minister.
At 42, Sunak would be the youngest prime minister in more than 200 years and the country’s first South Asian leader. Sunak’s leadership campaign has been the most professional of any contender, from a slick launch video to a coterie of aides to marshal support.
The former Treasury chief, who quit earlier this month after questioning Johnson’s competence and ethics, is one of the two final contenders to replace Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister — but he faces fierce opposition from Johnson and his allies, who consider him a turncoat.
If Truss wins, she would become Britain’s third female prime minister. She has forged her image in homage to the first, Margaret Thatcher.
Truss, 46, is a favorite among many Conservatives, who revere Thatcher above all other leaders. She has posed in a British Army tank in Eastern Europe, evoking an image of Thatcher during the Cold War. In a televised leadership debate this week, Britain’s top diplomat sported a pussy-bow blouse eerily similar to one the late prime minister used to wear.
Critics say it’s an empty homage and believe Truss lacks the gravitas to lead the country amid economic turbulence and European war.