20 Oct 2022

Britain PM Liz Truss resigns; will Rishi Sunak now join race for PM post?

London: Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain said on Thursday that she would resign, just days after her new finance minister reversed virtually all of her planned tax cuts plunging the country into weeks of economic and political turmoil.

Her departure after only six weeks in office — the shortest tenure ever for a British prime minister — was a rapid fall from power that threw her Conservative Party into further disarray, following the messy departure of Boris Johnson. She said she would remain party leader and prime minister until a successor is chosen within a week.

Liz Truss said, "I recognise... given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party."

Liz Truss' resignation comes just a day after she had vowed to stay in power, saying she was “a fighter and not a quitter.”

Liz Truss also informed that a leadership election will take place which will be completed within the next week.

Who will become the Prime Minister?: Former finance ministers Kwasi Kwarteng and Jeremy Hunt have both declared themselves out of the race for the new party leader. Now the strongest claim can be considered to be of Indian origin Rishi Sunak. The thinking of the people of Britain and many MPs in the Conservative Party is that Sunak was to be made Prime Minister in September. Liz got the wrong pick.

Now the question is, will Rishi Sunak join this race again? The main reason for this is that there was turmoil in the politics of the party and the country for 15 days and Rishi was calm. Former minister Penny Mordaun can also join the race. Anyway, Sunak got the most votes in the voting done by the MPs before Liz was elected.

But, when two candidates, Liz and Sunak, were left, the members of the Conservative Party took the decision. Liz won it. Sunak was already warning that the election promises Liz was making would destroy the UK economy.

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