Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The race to replace Boris Johnson enters its final stages in the United Kingdom

The election of the new British Conservative leader, who will automatically replace Boris Johnson as prime minister, entered its final week on Monday, with Foreign Minister Liz Truss the great favorite in a complex economic and social context.

Truss, 47, is more than 30 points ahead of former finance minister Rishi Sunak in the latest polls among Conservative Party allies that will decide the contest, which began in early July when Johnson was troubled for scandals. was forced to resign.

Conservative militants have been voting by mail and online since the beginning of the month to nominate their new leader, a process that ends on Friday.

The winner will be announced next Monday and will immediately take over the reins of government to tackle the economic crisis the country is facing, threatening an autumn of protests and strikes in the context of uncontrolled inflation that has already has reached 10% and is headed for over 13% at the end of the year.

Eight Conservative candidates ran in July to succeed the controversial Johnson, of whom the party’s representative nominated two, in successive elimination votes, to submit him to the polls by grounds.

The United Kingdom will thus find itself with a new head of government elected by some 200,000 members of government formation in a week’s time, while the rest of the country watches helplessly with relative interest.

– Low taxes or public aid? ,

Concerned about the cost of living faced by some Britons, especially when the energy rate cap is raised to 80% from October, the two candidates faced each other in several televised debates, in addition to campaigning in several cities. Is.

Sunak, 42, a billionaire ex-banker with Indian immigrant grandparents, was a huge favorite among Conservative lawmakers.

But finding himself at the front of the party’s base as a finalist against the Secretary of State, who advanced to the final round by only eight votes, he began to lose ground, with many calling Johnson’s resignation his own in July. accused of.

“In a party that has veered toward populism, she (Liz Truss) knows how to present herself in a more authentic, more natural way than the sage Sunak, easily assimilated with the globalized elite Let’s go,” says Tim Bell, a political scientist. at Queen Mary’s University of London.

Truss “easily manages to convey traditional conservative messages,” says John Curtis, an expert at the University of Strathclyde.

How to respond to the economic and social crisis has dominated the campaign.

The truce promised immediate tax cuts, assured that an impending recession was not inevitable and that post-Brexit amendments to commercial and financial rules inherited from the European Union would allow economic growth to be boosted.

For his part, Sunak defended the need to leave the finance portfolio and maintain the tax hike he set himself before offering public assistance to the most disadvantaged. And he accused his rival of defending the “fairy tale economy”.

If she becomes prime minister, Truss would be the third in the country’s history after conservatives Margaret Thatcher (1979–1990) and Theresa May (2016–2019).

But the next general election is set for January 2025 and the elections give the opposition Labor Party a 13-point lead over a Conservative party that has been in power for 12 years.

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