Liz Truss officially becomes Prime Minister

AA/Istanbul

Liz Truss officially became British prime minister on Tuesday after receiving an audience from Queen Elizabeth II, who entrusted her with the task of forming a new government.

American agency Associated Press (AP) said, “Liz Truss officially became British Prime Minister after Queen Elizabeth II was welcomed by an audience at her second home in Balmoral, Scotland as a new government.”

“As Britain’s prime minister, Truss has faced a growing number of difficult challenges, including curbing inflation, limiting union strike action and reforming the system, as well as the country’s staff shortage,” AP said.

Chief among these challenges is “the energy crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which threatens to raise energy bills to unsustainable levels, leaving the country’s poor shivering in cold homes without heating in the coming winter, while many businesses are at risk of losing business,” the same source explains.

Pictures circulated on social networks show the British Queen shaking hands with a Downing Street settler. Earlier, Boris Johnson handed in his resignation letter to the Queen.

The next general election in England is expected to be held in 2024.

British former foreign secretary Liz Truss was elected by members of the Conservative Party on Monday to take over the reins of the party and become the country’s next prime minister.

Liz Truss became the third woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, all three from the centre-right Conservative Party.

Boris Johnson was forced to announce his resignation as prime minister in July after three years in office, driven by a wave of resignations within his government.

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The Participant scandal was about more than Johnson. In a damning report on corruption in Downing Street parties during the lockdown, senior civil servant Sue Gray pointed to “failures of leadership and judgment in different parts of Downing Street and the Cabinet Office at different times”. “Some events should not be allowed,” he concluded.

*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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