UK Conservative candidates throw hats in ring to replace Johnson

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Some 11 members of the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party have launched bids to replace Boris Johnson as the party’s leader with many pledging lower taxes and a clean start after Johnson’s scandal-ridden premiership.
Johnson announced on Thursday that he would step down after dozens of ministers and officials resigned over his handling of a series of scandals, including breaches of lockdown rules in gatherings at his Downing Street office.
Johnson said he would lead a caretaker government until the party had chosen a new leader.
The Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee of legislators, which sets rules for the party in parliament, will set out the exact timetable for the contest after a meeting on Monday.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from London.

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