LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prime Minister Liz Truss announces her resignation as she addresses the media outside number 10 at Downing Street on October 20, 2022 in London, England. Liz Truss has been the UK Prime Minister for just 44 days and has had a tumultuous time in office. Her mini-budget saw the GBP fall to its lowest-ever level against the dollar, increasing mortgage interest rates and deepening the cost-of-living crisis. She responded by sacking her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, whose replacement announced a near total reversal of the previous policies. Yesterday saw the departure of Home Secretary Suella Braverman and a chaotic vote in the House of Commons chamber. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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Liz Truss' Resignation As UK Prime Minister
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British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced her resignation after just six weeks in office, having been appointed by Queen Elizabeth II just a few days before the monarch's death. The story is still developing, but the Prime Minister made a short statement, saying, “I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected.”
Her resignation comes after her new finance minister’s decision to reverse her planned tax agenda, which aimed to help Brits face rising inflation and fuel costs. Her resignation was “inevitable” according to AP News, because the repudiation of her policies wiped out her political capital.
Truss is the shortest-serving Prime Minister in British history, yet she still served under two monarchs — the last Prime Minister to do that was Sir Winston Churchill. Elections for a new UK Prime Minister are set to take place during the week.