UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Resigns

The latest UK Prime minister Liz Truss has just made a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street announcing that she is stepping down just six weeks after taking office

Truss delivered the statement after holding lengthy crisis talks with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, inside No 10 at lunchtime on Thursday.

Some 15 Tory MPs had publicly called for Truss to resign, with many on the Government backbenches now of the view that her position was “untenable” amid a growing rebellion.  

In front of dozens of reporters Truss said she came into office at a time of “great economic and international instability”.

She added that she cannot deliver the mandate she was elected on by Tory members and is resigning.

Al jazeera reports: Thursday’s development came after her new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, rolled back virtually all of her economic agenda.

Hunt’s move was supposed to be an impetus for growth, but it became Truss’s declaration of political bankruptcy.

At the beginning of this month, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Truss had still attempted to rally the party around her controversial approach of boosting Britain’s economy.

“I have three priorities for the economy: growth, growth, growth,” she said.

But what was supposed to be a change from the tumultuous era of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a sense of chaos under Truss unravelled at a pace that is almost unprecedented in British history, Nicholas Allen, professor of politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, told Al Jazeera.

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