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Kemi Badenoch drops out of UK prime minister

Nigerian-born Member of the UK Parliament, Kemi Badenoch has dropped out of the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party and prime minister. 

Kemi Badenoch polled 59 votes, the least among four contenders in the fourth-round balloting on Tuesday.

Former chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak maintained the top spot, increasing his vote haul from 115 in the third round to 118.

Sunak is followed by Junior Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt who scored 92 votes.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss came third with 86 votes.

The three remaining contenders will face another voting round among Conservative colleagues in the parliament on Wednesday afternoon and the lawmaker who scores the least votes will drop out of the race.

The Conservative Party members will vote to decide the winner among the last two contestants on September 5.

The race to occupy Number 10 Downing Street opened following the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the party’s leader last penultimate Thursday.