Liz Truss becomes new prime minister of UK

By Mushtaq A. Subhani

Britain’s new Conservative leader Liz Truss has become the 56th prime minister of the country after Boris Johnson formally tendered his resignation to the Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Tuesday, September 6.

Later, the 96-year-old Queen, who plays an important constitutional role in the transition of power, invited Truss to form a new government.

Truss, 47, is only the UK’s third female prime minister, following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher.

She is the 15th prime minister to serve during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign since 1952. The first was Winston Churchill, born in 1874. Truss was born more than 100 years later — 1975.

Mary Elizabeth Truss was born on July 26, 1975 at Oxford. She is married to Hugh O’Leary, an English accountant, for the last 22 years. The couple are the parents of two teenage daughters.

Truss has been a Conservative Party member and MP for South West Norfolk since 2019. She held positions in the cabinets of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. She served as the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs from 2021, and Minister of Women and Equalities from 2019.

Liz Truss won the Conservative Party’s leadership election on Monday, September 5, to become the prime minister. She defeated Rishi Sinak, the country’s finance minister, securing 81,326 votes against 60,399.

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