Johnson elected new UK PM

Boris Johnson on Tuesday won the Conservative Party’s leadership race to become the next Prime Minister of Britain and vowed to “get Brexit done” by the October 31 deadline, amid the political uncertainty over the country’s divorce deal with the European Union.

Johnson, the former foreign secretary and London Mayor, was widely expected to beat foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street, which was triggered last month when a Brexit-battered Theresa May resigned amid a mounting rebellion from within the Conservative Party. “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,” 55-year-old Johnson said in the his first speech as the new Conservative Party leader.