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Liz Truss has become Prime Minister of the UK after meeting the Queen at Balmoral Castle. Liz had defeated British-Indian and former minister Rishi Sunak in a tough contest in the candidature for the post of PM. Today Liz met the Queen, after which she formally became the Prime Minister of the UK.
The race for the post of leader in the ruling Conservative Party was won by Foreign Minister Liz Truss (47). He defeated the former finance minister Rishi Sunak of Indian origin in a tough struggle. They will be faced with the challenges of dealing with inflation, industrial unrest and the possibility of recession in the country. Inflation rate in the country has reached 10.1 percent in July. With the announcement of the victory of Liz Truss, the process of transfer of power has started. The Queen will administer the oath to them to form the government. On September 7, she will go to the House of Commons as prime minister for the first time.
Will address today from Prime Minister’s residence
Truss will return to London after being administered the oath of office by the Queen. Here will be his first speech to the country from the Prime Minister’s official residence 10, Downing Street. She will elect her cabinet at around 4 pm. The Queen will virtually administer the oath to these ministers. After this, the head of the department will perform the ceremony of handing over their seals to the ministers.
Won with lowest number of votes in two decades
Liz’s predictions of a big win did not come true. Rishi Sunak gave him a tough fight. She is the first prime minister since 2021 to have the support of less than 60 per cent of her party’s voters. Liz accounted for only 57 percent of the vote, while Johnson was chosen for the post of Prime Minister in 2019 by 66.4 percent of party members. David Cameroon got 67.6 percent of the vote in 2005 and 60.7 percent to Duncan Smith in 2001.
Widespread change likely within Downing Street
UK media reports suggest sweeping changes are set to take place within Downing Street in addition to the cabinet, with some of Johnson’s senior-most aides poised for an exit or reshuffle. According to The Times, many of the 40 or more political staff working for the outgoing prime minister are not expected to be retained. Some of these will be replaced by current Truss colleagues such as Jamie Hope, his policy adviser at the Foreign Office and his media adviser Adam Jones.