Liz Truss won the Conservative Party leadership election on Monday with 57.4% of the vote, becoming the country’s new prime minister.
Rishi Sunak, who received 42.6% of the vote, lost to her.
After months of scandals threw Boris Johnson’s administration into disarray and compelled him to quit, Truss will formally take over as leader of the nation on September 6.
She complimented Rishi Sunak, who brought her closer than many anticipated in the final vote, and paid a heartfelt homage to Johnson during her winning speech.
“Boris: you got Brexit done, you crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you rolled out the vaccine, and you stood up to Vladimir Putin,” Truss said. “You are admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.”
The incoming UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said she considers it an honor to have been elected as party leader and thanked the party staff “for organizing one of the longest job interviews in history”.
Liz Truss has vowed a “radical strategy” to lower taxes and claimed she will handle the country’s spiraling energy prices, which are triggering a cost of living crisis. She will also inherit the repercussions of Brexit, a conflict in Europe, and declining support for the Conservatives in the polls.
She told the throng of Conservative Party members, “I know that our ideas are shared by the British people. I ran for office as a Conservative, and I will continue to do so.”