She has announced Truss is to step down, Just 45 days after becoming prime minister.
Uk Prime Minister has announced she will stand down as leader of the Conservative Party after her policies activated economic turmoil and sharply divided the party.
Speaking outside her Downing Street office on Thursday, Liz Truss said she could not deliver the promises she made when she was running for Conservative leader, having lost the faith of her party.
“I cannot deliver the mandate the Conservative Party elected me. I have spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” she said in a hastily arranged statement.
Liz Truss, who has been prime minister for just 45 days, said she would remain as prime minister and party leader until a successor to choose.
The leadership contest should be conclude by October 28, Graham Brady, the chair of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee, said.
Candidates would require the support of at least 100 Conservative MPs to enter the race to replace Truss. Party managers said that nominations would close on Monday, and after a vote by Tory MPs, party members will decide the winner in an accelerated online ballot.
The opposition party called for an immediate general election.
“The Tories cannot respond to their latest shambles by yet again simply clicking their fingers and shuffling the people at the top without the consent of the British people. We need a general election – now,” opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer said in a statement.
uproar in Parliament
Truss had pledged to stay in power, saying she was “a fighter and not a quitter.” But Truss could not hold on after a senior minister quit her government with a barrage of criticism. A vote in the House of Commons descended into anger and chaos just days after she to forced to abandon many of her economic policies.
A growing number of lawmakers had called for Truss to resign after weeks of turmoil sparked by her economic plan.
When it was unveileby the government last month, the “mini-budget” triggered financial turmoil and a political crisis that has seen the replacement of Truss’ chancellor, several policy U-turns, and a breakdown of discipline in the governing Conservative Party.
Lawmakers’ anger grew after a Wednesday evening vote over fracking for shale gas – a practice that Truss wants to resume despite opposition from many Conservatives – produced chaotic scenes in Parliament.
With Conservatives holding a sizeable parliamentary majority, they easily defeated an opposition call for a fracking ban. But there were displays of anger in the House of Commons, with party whips accuse of using heavy-handed tactics to secure votes.
Rumors swirled that Conservative Chief Whip Wendy Morton, who is responsible for party discipline, and her deputy had resigned. Hours later, Truss’s office said both remained in their jobs.
Al Jazeera’s Charlie Angela, reporting from Westminster, said the resignation announcement came “after a very chaotic 24 hours that brought everything to a head.”
“Interior Minister Suella Braverman resigned amid rumors that she had to sack. There was voting uproar in Parliament, with Conservative members shove and push into the voting lobby – allegations of bullying. This chief whip resigned and then un-resign after being beg to stay by the prime minister.
With opinion polls giving the Labour Party a large and growing lead, the Conservative Party decided its only hope of avoiding electoral oblivion was to replace Truss. But they remain divided over who exactly should do that.
The party is eager to avoid another divisive leadership contest like the race a few months ago that saw Truss defeat ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Among potential replacements are Sunak and House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt. The Times reported that Boris Johnson, who resigned as prime minister earlier this year, was expect to stand in the leadership contest. The newly appointed Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, will not stand in the competition, according to UK media reports.
Whoever it is will be the country’s third prime minister this year. A national election does not have to hold until 2024.