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British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns

Corned, British Prime Minister Liz Truss finally quit on Thursday to resign after just six weeks in power, likening a crossroads for the Conservative leader, whose extreme economic program has caused a political and financial crisis. The new Prime Minister or the new British Prime Minister will be appointed by October 28.

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“Given the situation, I cannot fulfill the mandate for which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I have spoken to His Majesty to inform him that I am resigning,” the 47-year-old leader outside 10 Downing Street said, in a very short speech.

And the Conservative leader, who is throwing in the towel and becomes prime minister to remain the shortest time Downing Street in modern British history, will vote to find his successor within the Conservative Party “by next week”. , with only 44 days in office.

Thursday morning still seemed to hold on to power, with a spokesperson confirming midday that it was “working” with its finance minister Jeremy Hunt to prepare their medium-term economic plan, the day after a disastrous day for her.

But at the end of the morning she met the MP at the head of the powerful 1922 Committee responsible for the internal organization of the Conservative Party (and thus for a possible alternative measure), at a time when the Conservative leader was struggling with a more and more rebellious majority, the list of parliamentarians calling for his departure grew by hour to hour.

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“Liz Truss should leave ASAP,” former Conservative minister David Frost, who once ardently supported her, said in a column in the Daily Telegraph.

More than ever unpopular in public opinion, without an economic program after the humiliating abandonment of tax cuts and having to deprive herself of two of her most important ministers, Liz Truss was sure she wanted to stay put, and her maintenance in Downing Street seemed well compromised. .

In the midst of an economic cost-of-living crisis, which sees millions of Britons suffering from inflation, the Conservative Party is resuming an internal election to find a new leader – the fifth in six years – while previous elections took place this way. Summer, after the resignation of Boris Johnson, against the backdrop of scandals in Downing Street and in the majority.

Who will be the nominees, as names to succeed Liz Truss have been circulating for several days, such as Rishi Sunak, Jeremy Hunt, Benny Mordaunt – the minister responsible for relations with Parliament – or even Boris Johnson, her first minister being replaced in September.

The Conservative Party has decided to avoid an early legislative election, when the Labor opposition is leading in the opinion polls.

Following the Liz Truss announcement, their leader Keir Starmer called a general election called “now” and not late 2024 or early 2025 as planned.

The Conservatives attacked Thursday morning in a speech to the Trade Union Congress (TUC), at a time when many social movements were roiling the country in the face of a cost-of-living crisis.

For Liz Truss, Wednesday turned into a melodrama. Less than a week after the departure of Finance Minister Kwasi Quarting, who was replaced by Jeremy Hunt, the new strongman in the government, it was the ultra-right-wing Home Secretary Suila Braverman who left the government due to growing disagreements with Liz Truss over immigration, according to Britain. The media.

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She was replaced by Grant Shapps, Boris Johnson’s former transport secretary, in what was supposed to be a gesture of openness toward former opponents of Liz Truss in the Downing Street race, after Shapps backed Rishi Sunak.

It was an eventful evening in Parliament as the vote – which the government won – on lifting the ban on hydraulic fracturing had apparently turned into a race among the Conservatives.

Majority deputies refused to vote in the direction of the government, despite the reprisals they were subjected to, Downing Street expressly requested that voting instructions be respected.