British PM Liz Truss resigns

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday after just six weeks in office, becoming the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.

Liz Truss delivers a resignation speech in London on Thursday.

Liz Truss delivers a resignation speech in London on Thursday.Photo: EPA/ANDY RAIN

„I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability,” Truss said in a resignation speech outside Downing Street in London. „Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills, Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent and our country has been held back for too long by low economic growth.”

She added: „I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this. We delivered on energy bills and on cutting National Insurance. And we set out a vision for a low tax, high growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.”

But she said that, „given the situation,” she could not „deliver the mandate” on which she was elected by the Conservative Party.

„I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” Truss said.

She announced that she would remain as prime minister „until a successor has been chosen.”

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Source: PAP, Reuters, CNN

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