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UK PM Liz Truss resigns after just 6 weeks in office

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday just over six weeks after she took on the role, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in her country’s history.

Her resignation came amidst an economic crisis in Britain and after a series of policy reversals by her government which badly eroded Truss’s authority.

Her announcement on Thursday came on her 45th day in office.

A string of Tory MPs publicly urged Truss to resign on Thursday, with many of them describing her government as unsustainable.

It followed a fractious vote Wednesday night in parliament, where the government narrowly won a vote on energy policy but was faced with furious allegations of bulling MPs into voting.

Truss became the prime minister on September 6, after she won her party’s leadership contest.

But since that victory, her time in office was marked by controversy, leaving her the least-popular conservative prime minister in history and with her party’s polling numbers plummeting.

Her mini-budget last month spooked the markets, promoted a plummeting British pound and forced her to replace her finance minister, who reversed almost the entire package of economic measures.

Truss said in her Thursday announcement outside of Downing Street that she would remain as the country’s prime minister until her successor was chosen in a party leadership contest.

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