Former Foreign Secretary and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson was on Tuesday elected as the leader of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party and the country’s next Prime Minister. Also Read - PM Boris Johnson Delays Schools Reopening Amid High COVID-19 Death Rate in UK

Johnson won the contest in resounding fashion, earning 92,153 votes to his rival Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656. Also Read - Forced to Cancel Republic Day Visit, UK PM Boris Johnson Greets India, Celebrates Vaccine Collab

Giving his first speech as Tory leader, Johnson praised Hunt and said that he has been a font of “excellent ideas”. He also congratulated Theresa May, whom he’s long been a critic of. Also Read - 'Some Evidence' That New UK Coronavirus Strain More Deadly & Transmissible, Warns Boris Johnson

“It was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet,” Johnson said. “Thank you, Theresa.”