British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday announced that she was stepping down, less than two months after assuming office.
Speaking outside the door of her Number 10 Downing Street office, Truss accepted that she could not deliver the promises she made when she was running for Conservative leader, having lost the faith of her party.
Can’t deliver my mandate
“I recognise though, 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 notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” she said.
“This morning I met the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. We’ve agreed that there will be a leadership election to be completed within the next week. This will ensure that we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security.”
Truss said she has spoken with the King to notify him that she is resigning as the leader of the Conservative party.
Home Secretary quit a day ago
The announcement came just a day after the first high-profile exit from the Truss government.
British Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned Wednesday, after being in office for just 43 days, making her stint the shortest since 1834.
Braverman, who was born to Tamil and Goan-origin parents had made an unsuccessful bid to succeed Johnson as the UK Prime Minister, after which she supported the eventual winner, Truss.
In her resignation letter, the 42-year-old who belongs to the Conservative Party’s far-right hit out at Truss.
“The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes,” she said in the resignation letter.
“Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see we’ve made them, and hoping things will magically come right is not serious politics,” she wrote further.
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