After Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation, the leaders of the UK’s opposition parties, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, called for an emergency general election, the Sky News channel reported on Thursday.
The country needs a general election, according to Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, “immediately,” while Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said that “the Conservatives (need to be) out of power and… (Britons) need meaningful change.”
On September 6, Ms. Truss was chosen to lead the UK government, and she had only been in that position for 44 days when she announced her resignation.
After being forced to abandon the majority of her economic plan, Ms. Truss has been under increasing pressure from conservative legislators to resign. Her speech on September 23 sent the pound and government bond markets into a tailspin.
To try to restart her administration, she appointed Jeremy Hunt, a former health minister, as her new finance minister. However, on Wednesday, her MPs began to fall out, and another senior minister quit, shattering Ms. Truss’s authority.
Conservative parliamentarians predict that Penny Mordaunt, who finished third in the race to become the next prime minister just six weeks ago, or her leadership challenger, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, will most likely succeed her.