England’s Conservative Party individuals picked Ms. Bracket, the hawkish unfamiliar secretary, over Rishi Sunak, the previous chancellor of the Exchequer. She assumes control over a country in a severe monetary emergency.
LONDON — on Monday, Britain’s Conservative Party announced that its members had chosen Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as the leader, turning to a hawkish diplomat, party stalwart, and free-market champion to govern a country facing the gravest economic crisis in a generation.
She, 47, prevailed over Rishi Sunak, a former chancellor of the Exchequer, whose resignation in July set the messy ouster. Ms. Truss’s victory, by a margin of 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent, was widely expected in recent weeks after she took a commanding lead in the polls.
It makes her Britain’s fourth state head in six years and the third female pioneer after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. Like them, she will be welcomed by a fearsome cluster of issues.
Double-digit inflation, a looming recession, labor unrest, soaring household energy bills, and possible fuel shortages this winter will confront Ms. Truss as she moves into 10 Downing Street.
She also must repair a party deeply divided after Mr. Johnson’s turbulent three-year tenure, which peaked in 2019 with a landslide general election victory but descended into unrelenting scandals.
Once the field narrowed to two candidates, Truss never relinquished her lead over Mr. Sunak. He would have made the history of his own if he had won, becoming the first nonwhite prime minister in British history.