Liz Truss resigns as U.K. prime minister after six weeks in office

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation Thursday after six turbulent weeks in office, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.

Truss said a new prime minister will be selected by her Conservative Party lawmakers in the coming week. But the process by which the decision will be made remains unclear. The party is bitterly divided by warring centrist and right-wing factions, and there is no clear consensus candidate to take over.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss does not have the confidence of her own party — let alone the nation.

Since she took office Sept. 9, her grand financial plan has tanked the British economy, she’s seen her polls dive to the worst in recorded history, and her most controversial proposals have been gutted by a former rival.

But to replace Truss, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has a poor array of alternatives, each with its own drawbacks.

Whatever happens will constitute a major inflection point for the Tories, the party once led by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill. The Conservatives have led the government since 2010.

Source: News Agencies

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