(Adnkronos) – Liz Truss is the new British Prime Minister. The current foreign minister was chosen to lead the Tory party and would consequently take over from Boris Johnson in Downing Street. The truss has collected more than 80,000 votes in an earlier runoff, eliminating its rival Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, by nearly 20 thousand votes. , “Honored to be elected leader of the Conservative Party. Thank you for placing your trust in me to lead our great country – I will act with courage to make sure I am sure,” writes a photo posted among supporters May we all overcome this difficult time, to grow our economy and unlock the UK’s potential,” he tweeted.
Tomorrow, along with Johnson, Truss – who will be the third woman to lead Britain after Thatcher and Theresa May, all Conservatives – will travel to the royal estate of Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to receive the task at the hands of Queen Elizabeth. , who are spending their summer holidays there. This is the first time the handover has happened at Balmoral. So far the 96-year-old sovereign, who has been suffering from mobility problems since autumn, has appointed 14 premiers at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.
In his speech shortly after announcing his victory, Truss thanked outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “Boris – he declared – you have Brexit, you have crashed Jeremy Corbyn, you have implemented the vaccine, you have stood up for Vladimir Putin and you have praised from Kyiv to Carlisle”.
He then announced his government’s priorities: “I will execute a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy” and “I will respond to the energy crisis by taking care of people’s bills, but we have long-term I will also solve problems on energy supply”.
Johnson – Boris Johnson immediately congratulated Liz Truss on the victory. The former minister tweeted, “I know he has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting our country. Now 100% support for all conservatives It’s time to do it.” Bozo then said he was “proud” to have served as leader of the Conservative Party for the past three years and that he had “done through Brexit, oversaw the fastest vaccination campaign in Europe and provided vital support to Ukraine”. .
Sunak – “Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this campaign. I’ve always said that the Conservatives are one family. It’s fitting that we now join together behind the new Premier Liz Truss, who is known to lead the country through difficult times.” was called for”. With this tweet, Rishi Sunak, who lost the vote to the Tory leadership, thanked his supporters, underlining the importance of the unity of the party.
Tight margins since 1998
Liz Truss’s Avalanche victory was not as expected. The new leader Tory received 81,326 votes (57.4%), while Sunak received 60,339 votes (42.6%). Out of 172 thousand eligible to vote, 82.6% voted.
As British media points out, this is the Tory’s primary victory by the narrowest margin since 1998, when the party still applied rules to choose the leadership. From then on, each winning candidate was always over 60%. The last one was Boris Johnson, who took 66% of the seeds in a challenge with Jeremy Hunt in 2019.
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