Gerard Batten chosen as new UKIP leader

The U.K. Independence Party confirmed Gerard Batten as its new leader Saturday.

Batten — who has previously referred to Islam as a “death cult” — had been the party’s interim chief since February after Henry Bolton was sacked over a racism row.

The BBC reported that Batten has pledged to step down in 12 months because he won the leadership unopposed, so paving the way for a full contest to take place.

He said he would, “concentrate on doing all I can to restore the party’s fortunes.”

“UKIP is the only real opposition to our political establishment, and we are needed now as much as ever,” he added.

The member of European Parliament is UKIP’s fourth leader since Nigel Farage stepped down in July 2016 following the Brexit referendum.

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