October 3, 2022

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After leaving Boris Johnson, the race for his succession has two finalists

PARIS.– El Duel to obtain the leadership of the British Conservative Party and the succession of Boris Johnson opondrá al exministro de Finanzas Rishi Sunakto the actual secretary of State of External Relations, Liz Truss. That’s what the Tories deputies decided yesterday in a fifth and last vote in the Parliament. The final decision, which will be announced on September 5, is now in the hands of the 200,000 party members.

Sunak and Truss were the finalists of an express campaign launched on July 7 after the resignation of Johnson, overthrown by scandals and lies. The conservative deputies voted this Wednesday for the last time, while now, and until the 3rd of September, voting will be carried out by correspondence of the members of the party in all the country.

Boris Johnson, al salir de 10 Downing Street. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE’N – AFP

Aunque nadie se hacer prognosticos, una cosa ya es segura: el próximo británico gobierno será dirítico por primera vez en la historia por un hombre no blanco o por tercera vez por una mujer. The ex-minister of finance had obtained the first position in the vote on Tuesday, ahead of the secretary of the State of International Trade, Penny Mordaunt, followed by the head of British diplomacy. In the final vote that eliminated Mordaunt, Sunak obtained 137 votes against 113 for Truss.

Igual as himself, attending the last question session of the Parliament in his capacity as prime minister, Johnson se despidió con un estentóreo e inesperado “¡Hasta la vista, baby!” (en español, frase de la película Terminator 2), sin olvidar algunos consejos para quien lo suceda en la funcio: “Permanezcan cerca de los estudiantes, apoyen a los Ukrainianos, luchen por la libertad y la democracia en todas partes. “Bajen los impuestos y desregulen donde puedan para conseguir que este país sea el mejor para vivir e invertir”, he said.

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Aggregando que a veces es necesario “no escuchar al Tesoro”, el prime minister saliente aconsejó “mirar siempre con mucho cuidado por el retrovisor”. La ironía estuvo claramente dirigada a su exministro, a quien considera un “traitor”, según los pocos aliados que aún le quedan.

Sunak, 42 ​​years old, whose resignation at the beginning of July contributed to precipitating the fall of Johnson, he was profiled as the favorite from the first day of voting in the Parliament, despite the right-wing sector of the party, which did everything possible to obstruct his advance. Pero el triunfo no es nada seguro para ese young millionaire, much less popular en la base del partido que entre los pututados. According to a poll published earlier by YouGov, Sunak should be widely defeated in the final vote, obtaining 35% of votes against 54% for Truss. El mismo resultado da una encuesta de Conservative Home, pero con una menor diferencia: el exresponsable de Finances obtendría 42% de los votos contra 49% para Truss.

Liz Truss is one of the two candidates to succeed Boris Johnson along with Rishi Sunak
Liz Truss is one of the two candidates to succeed Boris Johnson along with Rishi SunakStefan Rousseau – PA Wire

Truss (de 46 años), que había sido juzgada poco convincinge last semana pasada, consiguió ganar posiciones y podría obtener los votos de Kemi Badenoch, desqualificada en la tercera votación y representative –like her– del ala derecha Tory.

The surprise came with the elimination of Penny Mordaunt (de 49 años), propulsada favorita por un pollodeo de YouGov la semana pasada. Es verdad que la secretaria de Estado de Comercio Exterior fue juzgada imprecisa y poco convincingente en los dos debates televisados, pero otros affirman que hubo contra ella inadmissibles golpes bajos. Conservative deputy David Davis, ex-responsable of Brexit negotiations, accused Sunak of trying to “orientate” some of his votes towards Truss, with the aim of eliminating Mordaunt, considering her more difficult to defeat. “Es la campaña más sucia que vi en mi vida”, se lamentó Davis.

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La crisis de confianza y las questiones de integrity marcaron esta cortisima campaña. Todos los candidados aseguran querer dar vuelta la página de la era Johnson, marcada por escándalos y mentiras. También debatieron amply sobre la forma en que piensan diminuir el costo de la vida, que asfixia a los hogares británicos, mientras la inflation siguió augamento en June, al alcanzar el 9,4% anualizado.

Rishi Sunak, one of the two contenders to succeed Boris Johnson at the front of the Conservative Party
Rishi Sunak, one of the two contenders to succeed Boris Johnson at the front of the Conservative PartyAlberto Pezzali – AP

A partir de ahora, both candidates must go to England to convince the militants. Sunak will do it with a reputation of competence gained during the turbulent years of the pandemic, when he had to administer the finances. Sin embargo, estará penalizado por su imagen elitista. Egresado de las mejores institución internacionales, successful administrator of investment funds, married to the daughter of one of the richest men in India, the recent controversy over the advantageous fiscal status of her wife reforzó the feeling of disconnection that predominates in the opinion public

A new debate will be held between the two finalists next Monday on the British BBC from Stoke-on-Trent, a city in the center of England that voted more than 69% in favor of Brexit in the 2016 referendum.