Liz Truss is the new UK PM

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In the race to become the next prime minister of Britain, Liz Truss defeated Rishi Sunak. She beat her rival by 81,326 votes to 60,399, after a summer-long internal contest sparked by Boris Johnson’s resignation in July.

After winning the leadership contest, she vowed to move on with her plans to slash taxes and address the escalating energy issue.

Truss, who has long been the front-runner in the campaign to succeed Johnson, will become the fourth prime minister for the Conservatives since the 2015 election. Over that time, the nation has been tossed from crisis to crisis, and now faces what is expected to be a protracted recession brought on by skyrocketing inflation that peaked in July at 10.1%.

After being embroiled in a scandal for several months, Boris Johnson was compelled to announce his resignation in July. On Tuesday, he will fly to Scotland to present his resignation to Queen Elizabeth. He will be succeeded by someone who will be tasked with forming a government.

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