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British Prime Minister Truss resigns after six weeks

Man Jose Kayima

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced her resignation, just a month and a half after taking office.

“I recognize that given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party,” she said Thursday outside No. 10 Downing St.

“I have therefore spoken to his majesty the king to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party.” Said Truss

She has heavily been criticised over her economic agenda and leaves Downing Street six weeks after she was appointed.

Truss said she will remain as prime minister until a successor is chosen. She said a leadership election will be completed within the next week.

Having been formally appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 6, Truss is now by far the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.

The previous holder of this record, George Canning, lasted 119 days in the early 19th century; Truss will serve about 50.

Thursday’s development came after her new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, rolled back virtually all of her economic agenda.

Hunt’s move was supposed to be an impetus for growth, but it became Truss’s declaration of political bankruptcy.

Truss had replaced Boris Johnson as PM this summer. Johnson was forced out by his party after questions were raised about his character amid a series of scandals.

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