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Gove Joins U.K. Tory Race Saying Johnson Unfit to Be Premier

  • Gove unexpectedly declares candidacy with just hours to go
  • Home Secretary declares she’s contender to unify Tory party
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The Race for the Next U.K. Prime Minister

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The race to be Britain’s next prime minister was upended after Justice Secretary Michael Gove entered at the last minute with a savage attack on initial front-runner Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Theresa May cast herself as the Conservative Party’s unifying candidate.

One week after Britain voted to leave the EU in a shock break with a half-century of postwar alignment, the country remains in a state of political limbo. Cameron resigned but is staying on until September, the Labour opposition is in disarray and “Leave” campaigners who won the referendum have yet to announce detailed policies beyond an intention to “take back control.”