End of the Boris Johnson era: Liz Truss enters Downing Street

End of the Boris Johnson era: Liz Truss enters Downing Street

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss is eagerly awaited on the economic front plagued by historic inflation.

Eagerly awaited on the cost of living crisis, Liz Truss is about to be officially appointed Prime Minister by the Queen and to enter Downing Street on Tuesday to replace Boris Johnson, who has promised her his “fervent” support .

At the end of the morning, the outgoing head of government arrived at Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of Elizabeth II, to officially tender her resignation .

The 96-year-old sovereign will receive Liz Truss a few moments later to ask her to form a government, in a particularly difficult period for the United Kingdom, faced with a historic economic and social crisis. She will become the Queen's 15th Prime Minister.

The handover is taking place at Balmoral, not at Buckingham Palace in London as is traditional, due mobility problems of the queen.

It's over, folks: In a brief morning speech outside Downing Street, the outgoing leader hailed his own record to a crowd of supporters and aides. He compared himself to a rocket having accomplished its mission and re-entering the atmosphere. I will offer this government my most fervent support, he assured.

Exit the hero of Brexit: after 3 years and 44 days, barely more than Theresa May whom he replaced in 2019, Boris Johnson left what he described as the best job in the world, after a series scandals that triggered dozens of resignations in his close entourage in early July.

Elected by 57% of the Conservative Party's 142,000 voting members, against 43% for his rival Rishi Sunak, former finance minister Liz Truss, 47, until now foreign secretary, is due to return to London to address Britons in the afternoon.


She promised on Monday to govern like a Tory, put in place a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy and beat Labor in the legislative elections due by early 2025.

Under pressure to help millions of Britons facing skyrocketing energy bills, she said she wanted to tackle the energy crisis by tackling utility bills. people's energy, but also by dealing with long-term energy supply difficulties.

She is the third female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990) and Theresa May (2016-2019). Her government's announcement on Tuesday will be a first test for her campaigner on the far right.

Her finance minister is expected to be Kwasi Kwarteng, 47, until ;here Secretary of Energy, a supporter like Mrs. Truss of a more modest state and a more deregulated economy.

Suella Braverman, 42, a legal adviser to the government and initially a candidate for the post of prime minister, is approached for the interior ministry. Very right, she will inherit the file of thousands of illegal migrants arriving on British shores, that the one before her wanted to send to Rwanda.

James Cleverly, 53, education minister after serving as secretary of state for European affairs, is expected to move to foreign affairs, and Ben Wallace would remain in the defense ministry.

M. Kwarteng is of Ghanaian descent, Ms. Braverman of Indian descent, and Mr. Cleverly's mother was from Sierra Leone, a diversity unheard of in these key positions.

First announcements to try to stem the economic crisis are expected probably on Thursday. After opposing it for most of her campaign, Liz Truss could announce an energy price freeze, the outlines of which are still unclear, to help households and businesses, according to the media.

Ms Truss, who advocates controversial tax cuts to boost growth and a tight government, will have a hard time bringing together a divided Conservative Party, in power since 12 years old.

Many deputies preferred Rishi Sunak to him, more nuanced and considered better able to manage the crisis. Calls for unity grew, led by Boris Johnson who called on the Tories to back her 100%.

When her victory was announced , Ms. Truss paid tribute to her friend. Boris, you got Brexit done, you crushed [former Labor leader] Jeremy Corbyn, you deployed the (anti-COVID) vaccine and stood up to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the COVID-19 invasion. Ukraine, she listed.

After leaving Downing Street, Boris Johnson remains an MP. He said nothing about his intentions.

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