London, July 23 (IANS) Former Foreign Secretary and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson was on Tuesday elected as the leader of the UK's ruling Conservative Party and the country's next Prime Minister.
Johnson won the contest in resounding fashion, earning 92,153 votes to his rival Jeremy Hunt's 46,656.
Giving his first speech as Tory leader, Johnson praised Hunt and said that he has been a font of "excellent ideas". He also congratulated Theresa May, whom he's long been a critic of.
"It was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet," Johnson said. "Thank you, Theresa."
(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.
Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.
The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.