Boris Johnson Elected as Britain’s Next Prime Minister

Britain’s Conservative Party announced Tuesday, July 23, that Boris Johnson has won the election to be its new leader and become the country’s next prime minister.

Johnson defeated British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the voting that ended Monday night by a margin of 66% to 34%.

“We are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward,” Johnson told party members after he was announced as the winner.

He pledged to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union on October 31 and to unite and energize the country with efforts to improve education, infrastructure and police.

Johnson will officially replace Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as she steps down following repeated failures to deliver Britain’s exit from the EU.

He thanked May in his address for “extraordinary service” to the party and the country.

In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Johnson and said “He will be great!”