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Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as party leader and British Prime Minister

Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as party leader and British Prime Minister

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Liz Truss becomes the new leader of the British Conservative Party, succeeding Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She managed to secure the majority of the party’s roughly 200,000 members.

Truss’ rival, former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, lost in the internal leadership election. He got 60,000 votes. Truss voted 81,000 members, more than 57 percent of the total.

In a speech after the results were announced, Truss thanked, among other things, outgoing Prime Minister Johnson, whom she called a friend. She said, among other things, that he managed Brexit, set up a vaccination campaign against Corona and stood up against Russian President Putin. “You are a fan from Kyiv to Carlisle,” the future prime minister said to her predecessor.

Watch Truss’ victory speech here:

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Truss, 47, who is currently the foreign secretary in Britain’s interim government, has been leading opinion polls for some time. It represents hard mission The United Kingdom is during a difficult economic time. The country was plagued by hyperinflation and tripled energy prices.

In her party’s election campaign, Truss pledged, among other things, to scrap tax increases imposed by her rival Sunak. It also said it would draw up a plan within a week to curb the rise in energy prices.

And she continued, “I campaigned in my capacity as a governor, and I will also rule in my capacity as a governor.”

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Johnson is expected to formally submit his resignation to Queen Elizabeth tomorrow. She will also receive his successor, Truss, who will become the UK’s third female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

For the first time in history, this official transfer will not take place at Buckingham Palace, but at the summer residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The health of 96-year-old Elizabeth is too weak to travel to London.

However, the immediate reason for Johnson’s resignation was not this issue, but the appointment of party member Chris Pincher to a fiduciary position. Although Pincher was accused of sexual misconduct and Johnson was aware of it, the Prime Minister put him in a prominent position within the party.

For many party members it was na party gate The straw that broke the camel’s back. A record number of Cabinet members resigned, after which Johnson eventually also decided, under pressure from his own party, to do so throw the towel.

A look back at Johnson’s political career: