Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak has joined the race to become the Conservative Party leader and prime ministerial candidate.
According to news agency AFP, Indian-born Rishi Sunak met the minimum requirements to run for party leader late on Friday.
On the other hand, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has once again announced his return as the head of the party.
Tory MP Tobias Ellwood tweeted: “He is honored to be the 100th party member to come forward to support Rishi Sunak.”
Cabinet member Penny Mordant has already officially announced her candidacy to lead the UK’s ruling party following the dramatic resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss.
If the other candidates in the race to become party leader fail to secure the support of 100 members, Rishi Sunak will be elected as the head of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.
Defense Minister Tom Togandat has criticized former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in veiled words and asked him to stay out of the race.
After supporting Rishi Sunak, he said, “This is not the time to play political games, not to settle accounts and not to look back.”
Tom Togandat himself entered the race for Prime Ministership when Boris Johnson was ousted in July. Neither Rishi Sunak nor Boris Johnson have yet been announced as candidates.
Boris Johnson, who was on holiday in the Caribbean, has returned immediately to take part in a possible on-law vote held by Tory MPs on Monday.