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Liz Truss officially becomes new UK PM

After meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, Boris Johnson was replaced by the former foreign secretary.

Liz Truss has officially assumed the position of prime minister of the United Kingdom after a formal meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at the monarch’s Scottish Highland retreat on Tuesday.

The former foreign secretary spent some 30 minutes with the Queen behind closed doors and will now head to 10 Downing street to give her first public statement as the nation’s leader.

The announcement comes after a two-month race between Truss and former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak for the top role in the UK’s Conservative Party and thus the British government. Truss becomes the UK’s 56th prime minister and the third woman to hold the position. 

After being handed the victory on Monday by the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, Truss heaped praise on her predecessor and former boss Boris Johnson, applauding him for getting Brexit “done” and “standing up to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.”

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Truss has committed to sticking to the Conservative Party’s commitments in 2019 general elections. He has also promised to lower taxes, tackle energy shortages, improve the National Health Service and make other promises.

After a string of scandals, Johnson declared that he will be leaving office as Prime Minister on July 7. His holding of private parties against Covid-19 lockdowns, and his appointment as deputy chief whip to an MP with a history of sexual misconduct were two of the things that had been criticised.

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