UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after six weeks in office

Liz Truss announced on Thursday her resignation as the British Prime Minister after just 45 days in office.

Her resignation comes after her new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, had rolled back virtually all of her economic plan.

“We set out a vision for a low-tax, high-growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit,” said Truss in a statement outside Downing Street Thursday, October 20, 2022.

She admitted that given the situation, “I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to announce that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party.”

She took the decision to step down after a meeting with Graham Brady, the Conservative politician that is in charge of leadership votes and reshuffles. Brady chairs the 1922 Committee — the group of Conservative MPs without ministerial positions who can submit letters of no confidence in the prime minister.

Prior to the meeting, there were reports suggesting resignation was off the table.

Her spokesperson confirmed the media reports that Truss wanted to stay in office.

However, while the meeting was ongoing, scores of MPs numbering up to 17 called for her resignation.

They were blunt saying “they have no confidence in the prime minister”

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

 

 

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