Boris Johnson is elected Prime Minister

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Conservative Boris Johnson was elected British Prime Minister on Tuesday. – Rob Pinney / LNP / REX / SIPA

Boris Johnson wins the race to become the new British Prime Minister. The vote of 160,000 members of the Conservative Party ended Monday afternoon and the result was proclaimed on Tuesday by the party authorities. The 55-year-old former foreign minister defeated 52-year-old Jeremy Hunt, the current head of British diplomacy.

The first urgent challenge facing the next Prime Minister is managing escalating tensions with Tehran, the highest after Iran's boarding of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Brexit file

Another record that promises to be colossal: implement the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, more than three years after the referendum of June 23, 2016 which saw the British vote at 52% for Brexit, and left a country deeply divided.

A mission on which Theresa May broke her teeth, failing three times to get members to accept the exit agreement she had concluded in November with Brussels, which led to the resignation.



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