UK Conservatives pick Liz Truss to succeed Boris Johnson

British Conservatives choose Liz Truss to succeed Boris Johnson

Liz Truss will become the third female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Liz Truss won the race to succeed Boris Johnson and become British Prime Minister on Monday with , the immediate challenge of tackling the historic purchasing power crisis gripping the UK.

Ms Truss, who has led a far-right campaign focused on tax cuts, will become the third woman to lead the UK government on Tuesday, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

Unsurprisingly, the 47-year-old Foreign Minister won (57%) ahead of her former Finance colleague Rishi Sunak (43%), according to results announced by Graham Brady, Head of Foreign Affairs. organization of the internal ballot triggered by the resignation of Boris Johnson in early July.

Ms Truss's selection was announced in London on Monday after a two-month leadership race in which only the Conservative Party's 180,000 paying members were eligible to vote. She will automatically become Prime Minister because of the Tories majority in the House of Commons.

Queen Elizabeth II is expected to formally appoint Ms Truss on Tuesday. The ceremony will take place in Scotland, where the monarch is on vacation, rather than at Buckingham Palace in London. During her 70-year reign, the Queen has seen 15 heads of government, including Liz Truss.

As soon as she was elected, Ms. Truss delivered a speech to members of the Conservative Party.

“I will come up with a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will tackle the energy crisis, dealing with taxpayers' energy bills […] but also the long-term supply issues we have.

— Liz Truss, new leader of Britain's Conservatives

Remaining faithful until the end to Boris Johnson – whom she made applaud by listing Brexit, her victory over Labor and her support for Ukraine –, Liz Truss will settle in 10 Downing Street in an explosive economic and social context, marked by inflation that exceeds 10%, an exorbitant rise in energy bills expected in the fall and strikes that drag on.

In a far-right campaign, sometimes so out of touch with the dramatic worsening of the economic crisis over the summer, Ms. Truss – a belated convert to conservatism as well as Brexit – won over members of the Conservative Party by promising massive tax cuts and taking a very hard line against unions.

She however declined to say how she would resolve the cost of living crisis.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Twitter after the vote to call for unity.

“Congratulations to Liz Truss on her decisive victory. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party, and continue the great work of uniting our country. Now is the time for all Conservatives to support her 100%.

— Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Similarly, former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has called on members of her party to work together to address the challenges facing our country, while ensuring its support for the new leader.

With two years of elections in which the Labor opposition, which has a clear lead in the polls, hopes to dislodge the conservatives in power since 2010, the leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, has to x27;first congratulated Ms Truss on her victory before blaming previous Tory terms for low wages, high prices and a cost of living crisis.

The Prime Minister Irishman Micheal Martin has expressed his impatience as relations between the two countries have been weakened by the consequences of Brexit.

The first foreign leader to react after the official announcement, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his eagerness to work with the new British leader, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence that to a strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, declared that she hoped for the full respect of the agreements between the Kingdom UK and the EU.

As voices rose calling for a snap election, Liz Truss appeared to rule that scenario out, pointing out that she would lead his party to a landslide victory in 2024.

The next general elections should take place in December 2024 or January 2025 at the latest, five years after those which led Boris Johnson to power.

With information from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and Associa ted Press

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