Liz Truss, elected new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – El Sol de México
London. Liz Truss replaced controversial Boris Johnson as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party on Monday and will become the new prime minister, as she leads a United Kingdom mired in a serious cost-of-living crisis.
Two months after Johnson’s resignation, which was plagued by multiple scandals, the government party announced that more than 172,000 members had so far elected the Secretary of State to lead the party and take charge of the country.
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The 47-year-old diplomat won by 81,326 votes to 60,399 against former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, a 42-year-old former banker and billionaire grandson of Indian immigrants.
Truss would become the country’s third prime minister, after conservatives Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990) and Theresa May (2016-2019).
“It’s an honor,” said sentimental Truss in a speech praising Johnson for his work at the helm of the country since 2019, bringing Brexit to fruition, overcoming the pandemic and standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion. from Ukraine.
“I would like to thank the outgoing leader, my friend Boris Johnson. You made Brexit happen, you crushed (former Labor leader) Jeremy Corbyn, you deployed a (coronavirus) vaccine and you stood against Vladimir Putin,” Truss said.
Faced with the internal division exacerbated by this election, Johnson called on the Conservative Party to unite with Truss. “It is time for all Conservatives to support it 100 per cent,” he wrote on Twitter.
The race for leadership began in July, when the controversial prime minister was forced to resign.
But its outcome does not necessarily reflect the wishes of 67 million Britons.
In a YouGov poll conducted in late August, 52 percent of respondents thought Truss would be a “bad” or “terrible” prime minister. 43 percent said they don’t trust them “at all” when it comes to responding to the rising cost of living.
His win is also the narrowest since 1998, far from Johnson’s 66.4 percent support when he was named leader.
Truss also appears to have stoked mistrust among the UK’s former European partners, after taking a clashing stance with the EU over post-Brexit terms in Northern Ireland.
“I look forward to a constructive relationship, with full respect for our agreements,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
From foreign affairs, Truss has promoted the law that will allow the UK to breach the most contentious parts of the Brexit agreement regarding Northern Ireland when it comes into force in the coming months.
As a minister, Truss joined the most skeptical of conservative sections of Europe and applied a hard line with her partners in society. Just a week ago, he highlighted his fighting image by asking if French President Emmanuel Macron was a “friend or foe” of the UK.
“I will deal with the energy crisis and citizens’ bills, but also the long-term problems we have with our energy supply,” Truss vowed in a brief speech after his victory was announced.
He also promised to pull the country out of the crisis with tax cuts and cancel increases despite warnings of rising inflation.
UK inflation has risen to more than 10 per cent and could reach 14 per cent by the end of the year, driven by higher energy prices. Inflation triggered several strikes and the promise of an autumn marked by protests.
In addition, home energy bills will rise by 80 percent from October, and millions of families face a painful dilemma between eating and heating their homes this winter.
The Prime Minister will be changed until today, when Johnson delivers his farewell address in Downing Street.
Immediately afterwards, Queen Elizabeth II will receive Truss at her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland, and will task him with forming a government.
Truss will then return to the capital, to deliver his first speech at the famous black door at 10 Downing Street and form the government.
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