Liz Truss wins race to be Britain's new leader

By Rob Picheta, Luke McGee, Ed Upright and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 1419 GMT (2219 HKT) September 5, 2022
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5:12 a.m. ET, September 5, 2022

Britain braces for its next leader

Liz Truss, left, or Rishi Sunak, will be announced as the Conservative Party's new leader on September 5.
Liz Truss, left, or Rishi Sunak, will be announced as the Conservative Party's new leader on September 5. (Getty Images)

The United Kingdom will today learn who will replace Boris Johnson as its prime minister. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. in London (7:30 a.m. ET), the governing Conservative Party will announce the winner of its leadership contest. 

The process was triggered after Johnson resigned as leader on July 7 after months of scandals rendered his position untenable. 

He will be replaced by either Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer who resigned from Johnson’s Cabinet in protest, or Liz Truss, the current foreign secretary. 

The winner will inherit a country living through the worst cost-of-living crisis in recent memory and a party bitterly divided following Johnson’s divisive premiership.