Boris Johnson leads first round of UK leadership vote

union jack flag and iconic Big Ben at the palace of Westminster, London - the UK prepares for new elections - Görsel
Boris Johnson leads first round of UK leadership vote

After Theresa May quit as leader of the ruling Conservative Party and prime minister, U.K. on Thursday held the first round of election to vote for their preferred candidate who will succeed May. Boris Johnson, who is favorite to win the leadership race, won 114 votes, followed by Jeremy Hunt, who got 43 votes, according to CNBC. May had announced that she would resign on June 7 after the backlash to her new Brexit plan. The second round will be held on June 17 and the winner of the contest is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July. Following the first round of votes, Johnson said he was “delighted to win the first ballot, but we have a long way to go”.