New British PM to be in place by Sept 9
Updated: 2016-06-29 10:48
Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, leaves after a cabinet meeting in Downing Street in central London, Britain June 27, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
LONDON - The successor to the current British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to be revealed on Sept 9, a week later than originally planned.
The Conservative Party said Monday that Cameron's successor should be announced on Sept 2. But the party's board suggested on Tuesday an extra week was needed to make a decision.
"The board and the 1922 Committee both agree that the leadership election should take place as speedily as practical considerations allow," the board said in a statement, so as to "ensure there is full participation by the membership."
The nominations will open from Wednesday and close at noon on Thursday.
If the board's recommended Sept 9 date is approved by the 1922 Committee, nominations would open straight after the Wednesday meeting, according to local media.
Potential candidates include Boris Johnson, Theresa May, John Baron, Nicky Morgan and Jeremy Hunt, local media said.
Cameron announced last Friday that he would stand down, after Britain voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU in a referendum.