Liz Truss became the third female prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
The new leader of the Conservative Party and, accordingly, the head of the British government, Liz Truss, the country’s acting foreign minister, was elected. This became known on Monday, September 5.
The results of the Conservative Party members’ votes were announced today. Liz Truss received 81,326 votes of the British Conservatives, while the former finance minister Rishi Sunak won 60,399 votes.
Liz Truss thus became the new head of the ruling Conservative Party and automatically Prime Minister of Great Britain.
“I am honored to have been elected leader of the Conservative Party. Thank you for organizing one of the longest job interviews in history,” Truss said after the results were announced.
It should be noted that Liz Truss became the third female prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
Now Truss, along with the outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Tuesday, September 6, will go to the Scottish residence of the Queen – Balmoral Castle – to meet Elizabeth II. There Johnson will formally resign, and Truss will be appointed by the queen as the new British prime minister. Thus, Liz Truss will become the 15th Prime Minister appointed by Elizabeth II.
Traditionally, the British monarch appointed premiers at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, but this time the doctors advised the queen not to leave Scotland.
Earlier, Liz Truss said that if she is elected prime minister, the first call she will make in that post will be to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to express support. She announced an increase in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.