Boris Johnson has been chosen as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will take over as Prime Minister from Theresa May when she resigns on Wednesday. Johnson was the favorite to win the race, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt.

Johnson will become prime minister without having been elected by the general public, as the Conservative Party remains the largest party in the House of Commons.

President Trump, who has spoken of his admiration of Johnson in the past, congratulated the new Conservative Party leader on Twitter.

May will take questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday before meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace to tender her resignation. Johnson will become the U.K.’s third prime minister since the historic Brexit referendum of 2016, which saw the country vote by a margin of 52-48 to leave the EU.

Boris Johnson wins the race to become Britain’s next prime minister


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