Liz Truss Emerges As Britain’s New PM

The United Kingdom, UK, foreign secretary, has emerged as the next leader of the Conservative Party and will consequently be confirmed as by Queen Elizabeth tomorrow in Balmoral.

Liz Truss Emerges As Britain's New PM

This was announced on Monday by Graham Brady, returning officer of the 1922 committee of conservative backbench MPs.

Truss won after a closely-contested race with Rishi Sunak, former UK chancellor.
She polled 81, 326 votes representing 57.4 percent of the votes cast by Conservative Party members while Mr. Sunak polled 60,399 representing 42.6 percent of the votes cast.

Boris Johnson will tomorrow tender his resignation to the Queen who will, after accepting, announce Ms. Truss as the new prime minister.

After her confirmation, Ms. Truss will appoint her cabinet members.

“I declare the total number of eligible voters was 172,437. The turnout in the election was 82.6%. The total number of votes rejected was 654,” Brady said.

“Rishi Sunak scores 60,399, Liz Truss, 81,326. Therefore I give notice that is the new leader of the Conservative party.”

The leadership contest began in July after Boris Johnson announced his departure following scandals and resignations from his government.

Voting among the party members for choosing Johnson’s successor closed on Friday.

Truss will become the conservatives’ fourth since a 2015 election. She is also UK’s third female prime minister — after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

She was a centrist liberal democrat in her youth before joining the conservative party, and she voted for Britain to remain in the European Union.

She has promised to slash taxes and prioritize economic growth. She also said she would within a week come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and secure future fuel supplies.

Johnson and Truss will, on Tuesday, travel to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth II is staying.

Johnson will tender his resignation and soon after, in a ceremony known as ‘kissing hands’, Truss will ask the queen for permission to form a new government.

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