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Truss resigns after 45 days as UK PM

By Ngozi Egenuka
21 October 2022   |   2:37 am
United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister (PM), Liz Truss, has resigned from her position. Speaking outside Downing Street, yesterday, she said she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected.

United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister (PM), Liz Truss, has resigned from her position. Speaking outside Downing Street, yesterday, she said she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected.

Truss became the shortest-serving PM in history after staying in power for 45 days. Her now-abandoned September mini-budget started the turmoil, and a chaotic night in the Commons on Wednesday sealed her fate.

Her resignation kickstarts a contest to find the next Tory leader and PM, which should produce a result by next Friday. There are speculations that Boris Johnson will stand again in the contest to be Conservative leader and those around him are not knocking these stories down.

There have been no soundings yet from the contender who came closest to entering No. 10 in the last Tory leadership race, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, but reports suggest he’s ready to stand.

However, the newly appointed Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, was quick to rule himself out, which some say could bolster a Sunak ticket.

Penny Mordaunt came third in the summer leadership contest. She is a likely leadership contender, although she hasn’t officially said so yet.

Other names being floated are Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, International Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly and recently-resigned Home Secretary, Suella Braverman.

While none of the four had stated their leadership ambitions as of yesterday, it is reported that allies of both Badenoch and Braverman say they are intent on running.

U.S. President, Joe Biden, reacting to Truss resignation, stated:
“The US and UK are strong allies and enduring friends, and that fact will never change. I thank Prime Minister Liz Truss for her partnership on a range of issues including holding Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine. We will continue our close cooperation with the UK government as we work together to meet the global challenges our nations face.”

Following Truss’s resignation, Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said a complete lack of leadership is stopping actions from being taken to deal with the challenges the UK is facing. He noted that the citizens of the country are paying the price.

He continued: “Unfortunately, the deep and intractable divisions within the government means that any successor put forward will face the same set of challenges. A general election is now the only way to end this paralysis.”

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