Liz Truss to become Britain’s new Prime Minister — RT World News

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been chosen to lead the Conservative Party and become the new Prime Minister.

The winner of the two-month race between Truss and former finance minister Rishi Sunak was announced on Monday by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers.

Speaking after his election announcement, Truss praised his predecessor and former boss, Boris Johnson.

« Boris, you did Brexit, you got crushed [former Labour leader] Jeremy Corbyn, you deployed the vaccine and you resisted [Russian President] Vladimir Poutine, » she said, summarizing her accomplishments. « You are admired from kyiv to Cole Island. »

As the new leader of government, Truss pledged to continue delivering on the commitments that won the Conservatives in the 2019 general election. She promised to cut taxes, tackle energy shortages and improve the national health service.

« We will deliver, we will deliver, we will deliver » she pointed to thunderous applause. “And we will deliver a big win for the Conservative Party in 2024.”

Johnson announced his resignation on July 7 after a series of high-profile scandals and ministerial resignations. Already on shaky ground over parties being held in Downing Street in breach of Covid-19 restrictions, the Prime Minister’s fate was sealed after it was revealed he had appointed as Deputy Chief Whip an MP whose the alleged sexual misconduct record was known to Johnson. Desk.

Truss is the third woman to become British Prime Minister after Cold War-era political giant Margaret Thatcher and Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May.

The new Prime Minister will officially take office on Tuesday after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Around 160,000 members of the Conservative Party voted in the final stage of the contest, which ended on Friday.

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