LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday.
He said he will stay on as prime minister while the party selects a new leader.
Given that the Conservative Party won the last election in a landslide, the country won't necessarily have to head to the polls again.
Instead, next week, a small group of Conservative legislators inside Parliament — known as the 1922 Committee
will determine the rules for a new leadership contest that will help select Johnson's replacement from among the 350 or so Conservative lawmakers.
Here are some of those who could — based on popularity, experience or expressions of interest — compete to become the next British prime minister in the weeks and months to come .
Since 2020, Sunak served as chancellor of the Exchequer
His popularity with the British public as a top Cabinet member soared during the coronavirus pandemic, as his treasury department announced a series of policies that provided many citizens with financial support.
A former treasury chief and, until recently, the country's health secretary, Javid's resignation Tuesday night also helped precipitate the Cabinet rebellion
Wallace is among the longer-serving lawmakers to be considered as a front-runner.
As the current attorney general, Braverman has previously worked as a courtroom attorney, known in Britain as a barrister,
she was the first serving minister to insist publicly that Johnson must resign and, almost in the same breath, said she would herself plans to run for the Conservative Party leadership in any subsequent contest.
He has previously served as the minister of culture, health and foreign affairs over almost a decadelong career in the British Cabinet.