Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party elected its former chairman Paul Nuttall as leader on Monday, seeking to overcome months of internal turmoil and capitalize on its successful Brexit campaign.
Nuttall, an elected member of the European parliament since 2009, will take over from UKIP's talismanic former leader Nigel Farage, who stood down in June after achieving his decades-long ambition of seeing Britain vote to leave the EU.
While Farage has gone on to become a high-profile ally of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump since the referendum, UKIP has struggled to build on the anti-establishment sentiment it harnessed during the Brexit campaign.
Nuttall, who campaigned on his ability to build the party's support in the north of England and unite its factions, said the party had a duty to Brexit voters to ensure Prime Minister Theresa May did not water down the terms of Britain's EU exit.
"The country needs a strong UKIP more now than ever before because if UKIP cease to be an electoral force then there will be no impetus on Theresa May and her government to give us real Brexit," he said after winning 62.6 percent of the vote in a ballot of party members.