UNITED KINGDOM, September 5 – Liz Truss, 47, was named Britain’s next prime minister and leader of the governing Conservative Party on Monday (Sep 5), taking power at a time when the country faces a cost-of-living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession. She garnered 81,326 votes compared to former finance minister Rishi Sunak’s 60,399.

After weeks of an often bad-tempered and divisive party leadership contest that pitted Truss against Sunak, Monday’s announcement will trigger the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson, who was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal. Long the front-runner in the race to replace Johnson.

Truss will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election. Truss has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain’s cost-of-living crisis, saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and secure future fuel supplies.