UK health min. pulls out of PM contest

LONDON, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock pulled out of the contest to be the next British prime minister on Friday, leaving six candidates remaining in the fight to replace Theresa May.

“I ran as the candidate of the future, but the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances we face right now,” Hancock said in a statement.

“I will talk to all the other candidates about how these values can be best taken forward,” he added.

The British health minister quit the battle to succeed May as Conservative Party leader, saying the party was looking for a candidate for the present not the future, leaving six contenders amongst whom Johnson is the overwhelming favorite.

He won the backing of 114 of 313 Conservative lawmakers in the first round of voting on Thursday, way ahead of foreign minister Jeremy Hunt who was second with 43 while three others were eliminated.

Source: Kuwait News Agency