Britain's ruling party to announce winner of leadership race

Britain's ruling Conservative Party will soon announce who will succeed Boris Johnson as the country's prime minister.

British media say Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has been the clear favorite in the polls, has the lead.

Voting took place for a new party leader following Johnson's announcement in July that he would step down after a series of scandals.

The main focus in the final round between Truss and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was the country's record inflation.

Some 160,000 members of the party across the country had until Friday to cast their ballots by mail or online.

The winner will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Monday in central London. A poll of party members showed that Truss, who pledged to implement tax cuts immediately, maintained a clear lead over Sunak throughout the race. Sunak had been cautious about tax cuts, saying they would accelerate inflation.

The new party leader will be appointed the country's prime minister by Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday. If Truss becomes prime minister, she will be the third woman to take up the post, following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.