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Poll: Should new prime ministers always be elected by a public vote?

Boris Johnson was elected by only 160,000 people.

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BORIS JOHNSON IS set to become Prime Minister after being elected by about 160,000 Conservative Party members. 

Some people have been critical of the process and questioned how a country’s leader can be chosen by such a small “selectorate”. 

There is also no guarantee or requirement that Boris Johnson – who has promised a significant shift on key policies like Brexit – will call a general election any time soon.

In Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also not yet faced a public vote and instead replaced Enda Kenny after a Fine Gael leadership race. 

What do you think? Should new prime ministers be elected by party members – or is a public vote needed?

Poll Results:

Yes - a public vote is needed (5614)
No - it's okay to elect prime ministers by party members (1713)
Not sure (307)

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