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Truss or Fad? The United Kingdom awaits the name of its new head of government

Truss or Fad?  The United Kingdom awaits the name of its new head of government


Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (L) and Foreign Minister Liz Truss (R), two candidates to lead the Conservative Party and become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at a final campaign rally in London on 31 August 2022 afp_tickers

This material 04 September 2022 – 13:00 . was published on

(AFP)

The British will on Monday name their new head of government, with Foreign Minister Liz Truss as the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson and take the reins of a country shaken by high inflation.

The result of the Conservative Party’s internal vote, which will name the formation leader and the new prime minister, is expected at 12:30 p.m. (11:30 GMT).

If Liz Truss (47) wins over her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak (42), she will be the third woman to head the UK government after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

The polls ranked him as the favorite in the polls, which were attended by approximately 200,000 militants.

The leadership race began in July, when Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation, following a series of scandals in his government and a cascade of resignations.

Mail-in and online voting closed on Friday, after eight weeks of campaigning, which Truss described to the BBC as “the longest job interview in history”.

However, the result is not necessarily representative of the mood of public opinion.

In a YouGov poll in late August, 52% said Truss would make a “bad” or “terrible” prime minister if elected.

43% said they don’t trust it “at all” when it comes to tackling the cost of living problem that dominates the campaign.

– Tough start to term –

In the words of the Sunday Times, whoever wins, Britain’s next prime minister will face “the worst entrance for a new prime minister since Thatcher”.

The country is feeling the effects of inflation of 10%, the highest level in 40 years, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a rise in energy prices driven by the use of gas as a political weapon.

An inflation that led to several protest strikes during the summer, mainly in the transport sector.

Household energy bills will increase by 80% from October, and millions of households are facing a painful dilemma between feeding and heating their homes this winter.

“If I am elected prime minister, I will take immediate action on the issue of energy bills and supplies,” Truss told the BBC on Sunday.

“In a week, I will make sure that there is an announcement on how we will deal with it,” he said.

The truce promised on the campaign trail to cut taxes and prioritize economic growth as the country heads into recession at the end of the year.

The candidate said this Sunday that “in a month” she would introduce a full tax cut plan, “to kick-start the British economy.”

– Transfer of command to Scotland –

Monday’s announcement by the Conservative Party, which has been in power for 12 years, will lead to several events.

Johnson will deliver his farewell speech in Downing Street on Tuesday.

He will then submit his official resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, who will name Johnson’s successor.

For the first time in his long reign, the 96-year-old monarch will name the new head of government at a ceremony at his Scottish palace, Balmoral, and not at Buckingham Palace in London.

A novelty that is due to the Queen’s mobility problems, which forced her to cancel several commitments.

Johnson’s successor will return to London to deliver his first speech at 10 Downing Street, form the government and debate in parliament with opposition leader Keir Starmer on Wednesday.

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