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Britain's new premier Boris Johnson faces first electoral test

Govt's ability to govern will be complicated if rural Welsh constituency votes in opposition

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is today facing its first electoral test as voters in a rural constituency in the heart of Wales in the north-west part of the country cast their ballots for a new MP.

If the constituency - until recently held by Mr Johnson's Conservatives - goes to the opposition, that will complicate even further the British government's ability to govern, since the PM's majority will be down to just one seat, and he already lacks overall control over Parliament in London.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2019, with the headline 'Britain's new premier faces first electoral test'. Print Edition | Subscribe