Queen Elizabeth II appoints Liz Truss as Britain's new Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth II appoints Liz Truss as Britain's new Prime Minister By A Robin - September 07, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Liz Truss

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Liz Truss

Liz Truss has became Britain’s next prime minister after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, who asked her to form a new government.

Truss, 47, took office on Tuesday in the carefully choreographed ceremony with the monarch a day after the ruling Conservative Party announced that Truss was elected as its leader.

Conservative Party leader Liz Truss was on Tuesday formally appointed as Britain's new Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the third female premier of the country.

Ms. Truss travelled to the 96-year-old monarch's Balmoral Castle residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to meet the Queen who formally asked her to form a new government.

Earlier, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson submitted his resignation to the Queen who is currently at Balmoral, her retreat in Aberdeenshire, for her annual vacation.

Following her royal audience, 47-year-old Ms. Truss will be flown right back to 10 Downing Street in London to deliver her inaugural speech as the Prime Minister before going on to unveil some key Cabinet posts.

On Monday, Ms. Truss defeated former Chancellor Rishi Sunak to take charge as Britain’s new Prime Minister.

Attorney General Suella Braverman is expected to be the only Indian-origin MP in her top team, as the Goan-origin former leadership contender is expected to be promoted to replace Priti Patel, who resigned as Home Secretary on Monday evening.

After enjoying a prominent role in the Boris Johnson Cabinet as one of his close allies, Indian-origin Ms. Patel confirmed that "from the backbenches, I will champion many of the policies and causes that I have stood for both inside and outside of government".

Rishi Sunak to not be part of Truss government

Mr. Sunak, the British-Indian former Finance Minister who lost his Tory leadership bid 57-43%, said he was "proud" of the campaign he ran and has indicated he did not plan to serve in a Ms. Truss-led Cabinet if offered a job.

Among the other key posts in the new Cabinet, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng - a close ally - is being lined up as Chancellor of Exchequer and Education Secretary James Cleverly is to be promoted to take over Ms. Truss’ current portfolio of Foreign Secretary.

Other former leadership hopefuls such as British Pakistani Sajid Javid might be offered Northern Ireland Secretary and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi could be shifted to the role of Cabinet Office minister.

A handful of incumbent ministers, such as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, are expected to retain their jobs. Therese Coffey, a close friend of Ms. Truss, is expected to replace Steve Barclay as Health Secretary.

According to U.K. media reports, besides the Cabinet, a widespread change of guard is also due within Downing Street with some of Mr. Johnson’s senior-most aides set for an exit or reshuffle.

By A Robin - September 07, 2022

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