81,326 Conservatives cast their vote for Truss, who has been leading the Foreign Office until now. Her opponent, Sunak, who previously headed the Ministry of Finance, received 60,399 votes. According to Reuters, Truss won by a smaller margin than any of her predecessors, suggesting she will have to make a big effort to unite a ruling party that is deeply divided and trailing in opinion polls.
The long-lasting crisis caused by the Prime Minister’s personality in society and in the party ranks forced Johnson to leave his post in July. Johnson and Sunak today, shortly after the announcement of the result of the vote, called on the Conservatives to unite behind the new prime minister.
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According to leading representatives of the British opposition, the country does not expect improvement under the government of the new prime minister. Labor leader Keir Starmer said Truss was on the side of business, not working people. Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said her leadership of the country would bring more crisis and chaos. Both called on her to address rising living and energy costs, which Britain, like other Western countries, is also facing due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Under Johnson, Britain played a very active role in both military and diplomatic assistance to Kiev. Therefore, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi thanked Johnson today for his “personal bravery and principles” with which he stood up to Russian aggression. According to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, it can be expected that Britain will continue to support Ukraine in its struggle for independence, freedom, sovereignty and European values under the Truss government.
Fiala wished Truss the best of luck
A number of world leaders congratulated Truss on her election today. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed her expectation that Britain under the leadership of Truss will comply with all aspects of the Brexit agreement. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are looking forward to working with the new Prime Minister, according to their words. Today, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala also wished Truss much success in her new role.
Truss will be inaugurated at Balmoral on Tuesday afternoon by Queen Elizabeth, who will remove Johnson first. He then asks Truss if she is ready to form a government. In Britain, since the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, it has been customary for new prime ministers to be inaugurated at Buckingham Palace. The change of venue is therefore likely to raise speculation in Britain about the state of health of the 96-year-old monarch, who has canceled several public events in recent months.