Resignation of Liz Truss: who will replace the British Prime Minister?

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Liz Truss, British Prime Minister for just 45 days, announced her resignation outside 10 Downing Street yesterday afternoon. She had acceded to the post after the resignation of Boris Johnson, following an internal vote in the Conservative party. She admitted that she was no longer in a position to fulfill the mission entrusted to her, namely to restore the country’s economy and support the purchasing power of British citizens. Indeed, his tenure was characterized by an economic tumble and chaos that would have left homes in even more precarious situations than before, as Reuters reports.

At the end of her speech, she said that the process to find a replacement for her was underway, that it would be completed during the course of next week, and that she would maintain her position until the transfer of power. Following the same pattern as when his predecessor Boris Johnson resigned, the Conservative Party, which still holds a large majority in parliament, will proceed to an internal vote. Will then be elected the or the 5th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 6 years.

For the occasion, the party has changed the terms of this vote: there can only be 3 candidates, and each of them must be sponsored by at least 100 of their colleagues, knowing that the conservative party has 357 deputies. One of them will then be eliminated by these same deputies, then party members will have until Friday to vote online and designate the person who will succeed Liz Truss, according to 20 Minutes. The candidates, who have until Monday to be sponsored, are already looming. It includes both pillars of his past cabinet and former rivals.

Rishi Sunak, a former member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet and having opposed Liz Truss in the election which led her to Downing street, is indeed one of the candidates. Suella Braverman is the other emerging figure in this express campaign. Minister of the Interior dismissed last Wednesday by the head of government, she had expressed her “doubts about the leadership of this government”, according to the New York Times.

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