The new British Prime Minister is known: Liz Truss will succeed Boris Johnson

The English Conservative Party has announced it: it is Liz Truss who takes the place of Boris Johnson at the head of the party, after the internal elections. She therefore becomes the new British Prime Minister. She was competing against Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister. She won the ballot with 81,326 votes (57%), against 60,399 for Rishi Sunak (43%), according to the results announced by Graham Brady.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs had been the favorite in the polls for several weeks. The 47-year-old minister remained loyal to Boris Johnson to the end when the resignations within the executive were counted by the dozens in early July. She becomes the fourth British Prime Minister since the Brexit referendum in 2016, the third woman to hold this post after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May in the history of the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson, forced to resign after a series of scandals, will go on Tuesday to submit his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, in her summer residence at Balmoral in Scotland. Liz Truss will follow to become the 15th head of government in the monarch’s 70-year reign, before returning to London to deliver her first speech outside 10 Downing Street, form her government and face opposition Labor leader Keir on Wednesday Starmer for the first time in Parliament.

In her speech, Liz Truss hailed Boris Johnson “her friend” at length. She also insisted on the importance of bringing the party together again, promising a “great victory” for her party in the legislative elections scheduled for 2024.

The new Prime Minister has promised “a bold plan” to lower taxes and increase growth. “I will implement a bold plan to reduce our taxes and increase the growth of our economy,” she said after her victory was announced, also promising to tackle the explosion in oil prices. energy for households and the “long-term” problems concerning energy supplies.

The new Downing Street tenant takes office in an explosive economic and social context, with inflation which exceeds 10% and is expected to rise considerably, and an exorbitant rise in energy bills which is strangling families, businesses and public services. In this context, Liz Truss has no respite to convince, two years before the 2024 legislative elections where the Labor opposition, which has a clear lead in the polls, hopes to dislodge the conservatives in power since 2010.

Sunday, Liz Truss assured the BBC that elected, she would act “from the first week” to help the British with their energy bills, however refusing to specify the concrete nature of the measures she intended to take.

If she is popular with the Tories, 52% of Britons believe she will be a bad or very bad Prime Minister according to a recent YouGov poll. Not sure, therefore, that these vague promises are enough to calm the social discontent that has shaken the country like never since the Thatcher years (1979-1990) and promises an explosive social return.

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