Theresa May becomes the U.K.'s next Prime Minister
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News July 12, 2016 Updated: 2:09 AM
Theresa May, the home secretary has been choosen as Britain's next prime minister Monday.
Her victory came on another day of rapid developments in British politics and set in motion a process that officials said would put her in 10 Downing Street by Wednesday night, succeeding David Cameron as prime minister.
May joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the leader of one of Europe's biggest nations. If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential race in November, women would be in charge of the Western world's most powerful countries.
May, 59, emerged as the leader of the U.K. Monday when her only rival for Conservative Party leader, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, 53, dropped out of the race. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced he would resign after coming up on the losing side in the June 23 Brexit referendum, will step down by Wednesday.
After making a brief statement describing his successor as "strong" and "competent," Cameron was caught on a microphone humming as he returned to his office.
Cameron's statement completed a day of high political drama in which May's rival for the Conservative Party leadership, Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister, withdrew from the race.