UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss was elected as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom defeating former Chancellor Rishi Sunak following a vote within the ruling Conservative Party.
It marks only the third time in history that a woman will assume power in 10 Downing Street, but the third time in recent years that a change of prime minister has occurred without a national general election.
Liz Truss has promised to take action to deal with surging energy costs after winning the Tory leadership contest to become the next PM.
In a poll of party members, the foreign secretary defeated rival Rishi Sunak with 57% of the votes to his 43%, a narrower margin than expected
She will succeed Boris Johnson on Tuesday after being formally appointed by the Queen. The 47-year-old will become the UK’s third woman prime minister.
In her victory speech, she promised to deliver on the party’s 2019 election promises and defeat Labour at a general election in 2024.
She paid tribute to her “friend” Johnson, adding he would be “admired from Kyiv to Carlisle” for his record in office.
“Boris, you got Brexit done, you crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you rolled out the vaccine and you stood up to Vladimir Putin,” she said. (BBC)