Rishi Sunak has emerged the UK’s next prime minister after his closest rival, Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the Tory leadership race in the final minutes before nominations closed.
He was greeted by rapturous applause and banging on desks as he arrives to address Tory MPs following the result, BBC reports.
Sunak will succeed Liz Truss seven weeks after she defeated him in the previous Tory contest.
The ex-chancellor gained the support of well over half of Tory MPs, with Mordaunt struggling to reach the threshold of 100 MPs to get on the ballot.
He will become the UK’s first British Asian PM and at 42, the youngest in more than a century.
Meanwhile, Labour have reiterated their call for a general election, as have the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats.