Infographics: Next UK premier faces crises at home and abroad
July 25, 2019 12:05 AM NPT
Boris Johnson has achieved his lifelong ambition by becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In a historic handover of power, he will take over from Theresa May as PM on Wednesday. Johnson beat rival Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to Hunt’s 46,656. The former London mayor began his acceptance speech by praising his predecessor, saying it had been “a privilege to serve in her cabinet.”
He promised the audience he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.” Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Johnson, promising him her “full support from the back benches.” Prime Minister Johnson faces an overflowing inbox: delivering Brexit, building a relationship with Donald Trump, deciding what to do about Iran -- and governing without a majority in parliament.