Truss Resigns as UK PM
By TOI Staff October 20, 2022 Update on : November 26, 2022
British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced on Thursday (October 20) her resignation as prime minister after just six weeks in power. She said that her successor would be elected by the end of next week.
Truss, the third British female PM, was widely criticized after a tax-cutting mini budget unraveled spectacularly last month. She was struggling to be stable after assuming office around 45 days ago.
Replacing Boris Johnson Liz Truss became Prime Minister of the country on September 6 this year. She was the shortest serving prime minister of UK. The previous record was set at 119 days by George Canning who died in office in 1827.
Tory MPs revolted against Ms Truss after a series of U-turns on her economic plan sapped her of authority. However, the situation started getting worse when some of her MPs went against her and criticized her openly. Her Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned as well.
There will be a contest of leadership within next week. None knows who will be the next leader. She will stay on as leader until her replacement is chosen.
Truss was lucky in one sense as she was the last British PM appointed by Queen Elizabeth II. Truss has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk since 2010.