Liz Truss is new UK PM

Ending weeks of speculation, the ruling Conservative Party announced Liz Truss as the UK’s next prime minister.

The 47-year-old Truss beat her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, an Indian-origin MP, by 81,326 votes to 60,399, after a bitterly divisive party leadership contest sparked by Boris Johnson’s resignation in July.

With her victory, Truss has become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election and the third female prime minister of Britain.

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