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Truss Emerges UK Prime Minister After Defeating Sunak


Sep 5, 2022

The Conservative Party leadership has announced the current Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Liz Truss as the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister.

Naija News reports that Liz was announced by a Conservative returning officer after securing 81,326 votes, and her main contender, Rishi Sunak polled 60,399 votes.

In a short victory speech at the announcement in a central London convention hall, Truss said it was an “honour” to be elected after undergoing “one of the longest job interviews”

According to the Conservative Party, the ballots closed on Friday afternoon after over 600 questions were answered by all the candidates.

Rishi Sunak whose grandparents were immigrants from Punjab, in northwestern India was born in Southampton on May 12, 1980, to Indian parents Yashvir and Usha Sunak in East Africa.

Former Chief Minister of Finance, Sunak (42) and Truss were the finalists after a series of voting.

Sunak co-founded a large investment firm, working with companies from Silicon Valley to Bangalore while Truss once worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for about 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director.

She was born on 26 July 1975 in Oxford, England, to John Kenneth and Priscilla Mary Truss (née Grasby), British citizens.

Truss emergence would trigger the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson.

Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal and he will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday to officially tender his resignation.

His successor will follow him and be asked to form a government.

This article was originally published on Naija News