Foreign Secretary Liz Truss won the leadership election for the ruling Conservative party on Monday, making her Britain’s next prime minister. She has pledged to keep her campaign of tax cuts and to address the country’s worsening energy crisis.
Truss won the vote by defeating Rishi Sunak, the country’s former finance minister. Over the past three weeks, members of the Conservative Party were polled on who they would support for leadership. Of those members, 81,326 voted for Truss and 60,399 voted for Sunak.
Turnout was 82.6% and, roughly, Truss took around 57% of the vote while Sunak achieved 42% of the vote.
Truss will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election in Britain. She will immediately face one of the most difficult tasks in easing the energy crisis and sky-rocketing inflation that hit a fresh 40-year high in July at 10.1%.