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UK Un‘lizz’ed: Those Crucial Seconds

A day prior to this incident, she had reportedly addressed the Parliament: “I am a fighter and not a quitter. I have acted in the National Interest to make sure that we have economic stability.” And on October 20, 2022, Lizz Truss resigned as the Prime Minister of Britain, as her confidence disappeared in just 89 seconds. Standing in front of the 10, Downing Street, she read out her resignation speech in exactly 89 seconds.

Meanwhile, Truss has created a record by becoming the shortest-serving (45 days) Prime Minister of her country. This record was previously held by George Canning (April 11, 1770 – August 8, 1827), who had served as the British PM for 119 days (from April 12, 1827 to August 8, 1827). He had breathed his last while serving as the Prime Minister.

The number 45 has a special significance for Truss. Apart from serving 45 days as Prime Minister, her decision to give 45% tax exemption to her countrymen (after becoming the PM) was met with huge criticism. Analysts are of the opinion that Truss was forced to resign because of this decision.

However, two of her Cabinet colleagues, Finance Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Home Secretary Suella Braverman, resigned during her short tenure of premiership. Braverman tendered her resignation a few hours before Truss quit her job. In her resignation letter to Truss, Braverman mentioned that she had doubts over the Government’s direction. “Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have serious concerns about this Government’s commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration,” she stated.

According to sources close to the Conservative Party, at least 13 Tory members of the British Parliament wanted Truss to resign.

A few days ago, Truss sacked her Finance Secretary Kwarteng in an effort to stem the economic turmoil unleashed by his mini-budget at the end of September 2022. However, the top Conservative leadership strongly criticised her move, stressing that Kwarteng had to pay the price for mistakes committed by the PM. It is obvious that it became increasingly difficult for Truss to continue as the Prime Minister after all these.

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