The ruling Conservative Party has set a surprisingly short deadline to choose a new leader, who will also become prime minister. Liz Truss announced her resignation on Thursday. The contest could end today – and will end by the end of the week, at the latest.
In recent Conservative Party leadership races, the transition of power took about two months, including several rounds of voting among party lawmakers, followed by a campaign period across the country and a vote of dues-paying members of the party, who choose the winner from two finalists. But because the Tories just wrapped up that process last month, they rewrote the rules for their redesign contest. Candidates have until 2 p.m. Monday to secure the singular support of at least 100 Tory lawmakers among the 357 in parliament. If only one person crosses this threshold, that’s it: the Conservatives have a new leader, who will be installed at the head of the country. If two or three candidates qualify, the finalists will be determined by ballots among Conservative Party lawmakers and then put to an online vote among the party’s 170,000 dues-paying members.