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Race to replace UK prime minister narrows to 2: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he leaves from 10 Downing Street on July 20, 2022 to head to the Houses of Parliament for his last weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he leaves from 10 Downing Street on July 20, 2022 to head to the Houses of Parliament for his last weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Britain’s Conservative Party chooses Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss as the two finalists in an election to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The pair come first and second in a vote of Conservative lawmakers. Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt comes third and is eliminated.

The race pits Sunak, a former Treasury chief who steered Britain’s economy through the pandemic, against Truss, who has led the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as foreign secretary.

The two contenders will spend the next few weeks campaigning for the votes of about 180,000 Conservative Party members around the country, who will vote by postal or online ballot. The winner of the party leadership vote will be announced Sept. 5 and will automatically become prime minister.

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