With Boris Johnson Out, Who Could Take Over As UK Prime Minister? Here Are 9 Prospects

Following the surprise resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid , which precipitated a wave of more than 50 resignations by MPs and other government officials, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would quit on Thursday. Why Did Johnson Resign? Recent scandals involving the prime minister have included allegations of squandering public funds, his alleged pursuit of a lucrative government position for his then-mistress, and his protection of allies who were believed to have acted irresponsibly. His choice to elevate lawmaker Chris Pincher  to a position of authority, despite knowing Pincher had been the target of a sexual harassment complaint, finally set off the crisis that led to the end of his nearly three-year leadership. What Happens Next? Johnson said he would remain in the position until a Conservative leadership contest takes place in the upcoming weeks. Who Are The Prospects? While there are no key favorites in place, here is the list of contenders who could take the role of prime minister. Rishi Sunak The former top finance chancellor in Britain who resigned on Tuesday was Johnson’s top contender ... Full story available on Benzinga.com