WORLD UK Tories to pick final 2 contenders for prime minister

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UK Tories to pick final 2 contenders for prime minister

AP

17:21, June 20, 2019

Britain's governing Conservatives are set to pick two candidates who will square off to become the country's next prime minister.

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Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt speaks to reporters after an early morning run in London, Britain June 20, 2019. (Photo: VCG)

Lawmakers will vote Thursday to eliminate two contenders from a four-strong field of ex-foreign minister Boris Johnson, current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Johnson has a commanding lead after three rounds of voting that cut the list from an initial 10 contenders. The three others are battling to join him in a runoff to be decided by 160,000 Conservative Party members nationwide.

All the candidates are vowing to lead Britain out of the European Union, a challenge that defeated Prime Minister Theresa May. She quit as Conservative leader earlier this month after failing to win Parliament's backing for her Brexit deal.

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