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Liz Truss to become the next Prime Minister of United Kingdom, defeats Indian-origin candidate

On Monday, Liz Truss was elected as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party and the country's next Prime Minister. The statement on Monday marked the start of Boris Johnson's leadership transition after weeks of a contentious and frequently tense party leadership election that pitted Truss against the former finance minister and person of Indian descent Rishi Sunak. Truss received 81,326 votes, defeating Rishi Sunak, who received 60,399 votes, to become the Conservative Party's new leader. The nation is presently going through a recession, industrial unrest, and a problem with the cost of living.


"Over the next two years, we must demonstrate our ability to deliver. I'll present a daring strategy to reduce taxes and expand our economy, "Truss remarked following the declaration of the outcome." I will solve the energy issue, taking care of people's energy bills while also tackling the long-term challenges we have with energy supply," the speaker continued. Members of the Tory party started selecting Sunak or Truss as their preferred candidate at the beginning of August. The polls closed on Friday evening. 


Nearly 52% of respondents stated that Truss would make a "poor" or "awful" Prime Minister, and 43% said they had "no faith" in her handling the problems caused by the high cost of living. Another 37% of Britons think she will largely be like her predecessor. In a postal ballot among the roughly 160,000 Conservative electors, the two candidates competed to succeed outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson was forced to make his departure public in July after being mired in a scandal for several months. Johnson will take a flight to Scotland on Tuesday to give Queen Elizabeth his resignation. Someone who succeeds him will be faced with creating a government.


Truss, who had been the front-runner in the contest to succeed Johnson, was elected as the fourth prime minister for the Conservatives since the 2015 election. Since then, the country has seen a series of crises, and it is currently experiencing what is anticipated to be a protracted recession caused by surging inflation, which peaked in July at 10.1%. Having served as Johnson's foreign minister, Truss has promised to act quickly to address Britain's dilemma of rising living costs. She has said that within a week, she will draft a plan to deal with rising energy costs and ensure a future fuel supply.


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