Boris Johnson was elected as the Conservative Party leader and Britain's new Prime Minister today as announced by his party in London. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, secured 92,153 votes against 46,656 of his rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation amid a mounting rebellion from within the party.
The 55-year-old Brexit hardliner was the front runner in the race. The new Prime Minister is expected to spend some time finalising his key Cabinet and ministerial posts soon after the results. A number of Brexiteers, including Indian-origin MPs Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak, are expected to be part of his new team.
But many Cabinet ministers have already said they would step down rather than serve under Johnson as Prime Minister with his do or die pledge over the Brexit deadline. (AIR NEWS)