British Prime Minister Liz Truss announces resignation

LONDON — British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on Thursday.

Truss, who did not become prime minister until September 6, will become the shortest-serving prime minister in modern political history.

“I cannot fulfill the mandate to which I was elected by the Conservative Party,” Truss said.

Prime Minister Liz Truss announces her resignation at 10 Downing Street on October 20, 2022 in London.

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Her resignation follows weeks of political and economic crisis after the government introduced a new “mini-budget” that has been widely criticized.

Opposition Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a general election. The Conservative Party, then led by Boris Johnson, won a large majority in the last general election in 2019.

Whoever is chosen to succeed Truss from the ranks of the Conservative Party will become the fifth prime minister since the UK voted to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum in an unprecedented period of turbulence in British political history.

From outside the steps of number 10 Downing Street, Truss said a leadership election would be held in the next seven days.

This is a story in development. Come back for updates.

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