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Liz Truss’ Resignation Triggers a Political Contest for the Prime Ministerial Role

Liz Truss’ government quit office after 44 chaotic days

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED KINGDOM: Liz Truss became the shortest-serving Prime Minister in history after the Conservatives openly revolted against her and demanded her departure.

While addressing the media in Downing Street, Liz Truss said that she had informed the King that she was resigning as the leader of the Conservative Party after the realisation that she “cannot deliver the mandate,” which Tory members had given her six weeks prior.

The chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives, Sir Graham Brady, held talks with Liz Truss and the duo agreed to a fresh election for the leadership to be completed in the coming week.

Responding to the turn of events, Sir Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party since 2020, called for a general election so that the public could make up their minds over the chaos which has descended on the UK political scene.

He described the situation as a mess and said the UK has a “stable” alternative in the form of a Labour government.

Liz Truss succeeded the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, on September 6 after winning the election against former chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Soon after taking charge of the office, her position became untenable as her policies came under immense questioning from the same members who had backed her during the elections. The public’s opinion regarding Truss’ capabilities turned against her.

Truss also made a U-turn on the historic tax cuts which threatened to empty the public coffers and sacked Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor after 38 tumultuous days and apologised to the British public and the Conservative party. Jeremy Hunt was appointed to take over Kwarteng’s role.

A cloud of uncertainty has been hanging over Liz Truss’ government over the past 24 hours after Home Secretary Suella Braverman was sacked by Truss, stating an “accidental national security leak” after Suella had inadvertently shared an official document with a colleague from her personal email.

Also Read: Liz Truss’ Government is on the Brink after Suella Braverman’s Resignation


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