After just six weeks: British Prime Minister Truss resigns

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has tendered her resignation after just six weeks in office. −Photo: Ben Stansall/afp

Britain plunges back into government chaos: Boris Johnson’s successor, Liz Truss, was in office for just six weeks. Now the party has to find a successor at the top again.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss wants to step down. That’s what the Conservative politician said Thursday at a short notice news conference in London’s Downing Street after just six weeks in office.

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Successor to be announced soon

“I have spoken to the king to let him know that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” Truss said. She wants to remain as prime minister until a successor is found. According to the outgoing head of government, this process should be carried out within the next week.

The 47-year-old successor to scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under enormous pressure after her economic policies wreaked unprecedented havoc on financial markets within days. Truss had to do a political U-turn and lost two of her key ministers, Kwasi Kwarteng as Finance Minister and Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, within a week.

The day before, Truss was still combative.

Some 24 hours before her resignation, she had told the British House of Commons that she did not want to give up and that she was “a fighter”. Although she pointed to the difficult economic times and political instability across the continent, she also admitted that she could no longer implement her vision of radical economic growth under current conditions. − dpa

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