Boris Johnson has, as expected, been elected new United Kingdom Prime Minister after defeating rival Jeremy Hunt in the contest to replace outgoing PM Theresa May.
However immediately after his victory, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn took to Twitter and said Johnson may have won the support of the Conservative party, “but he hasn’t won the support of our country.”
May will step down as Prime Minister on Wednesday and Johnson will take the reins to face the Brexit battle despite his hardline strategy having many critics
Johnson, a trained journalist and former Mayor of London, garnered 92,153 votes against Hunt’s 46,656.
In his victory speech, Johnson promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
“We are going to energise the country. We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity.”
May promised to support Johnson in his new role.