Successor to Johnson: Liz Truss becomes the new British Prime Minister

Britain has a new Prime Minister - only her third ever.

Successor to Johnson: Liz Truss becomes the new British Prime Minister

Britain has a new Prime Minister - only her third ever. Liz Truss, the former Foreign Secretary, won the British Conservative party's internal vote on the successor to Boris Johnson, the Tory party announced on Monday lunchtime. The 47-year-old Truss received 57 percent of the votes, the former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak got 43 percent.

In the past few weeks, up to 200,000 conservative party members have been able to vote by post or online on who will lead the new government. Most recently, Truss had clearly set herself apart from her rival Sunak as the favourite.

Liz Truss is assigned to the right wing of the Tory party. In the inner-party election campaign, the 47-year-old was particularly convincing with her plan to immediately lower taxes despite enormously high inflation. She also scored points with the party base - which is significantly older, more male and wealthier than the average British population - with a confrontational line towards the EU and populist statements about refugees, left-wingers, environmental activists and social minorities.

The change at the top of the British government will take place on Tuesday. Johnson will address the population one last time as prime minister and then resign from office. Both he and Truss then travel to Scotland and are received one after the other by Queen Elizabeth II, who is spending her summer vacation at her country estate, Balmoral Castle.

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