British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation Thursday saying she “cannot deliver the mandate” on which she was elected.
Truss also resigned as the leader of the Conservative Party.
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“I will remain as prime minister until a successor has been chosen,” she said.
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BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns as PM and Conservative leader and says she "cannot deliver the mandate" on which she was electedpic.twitter.com/Te5gPAkOwJ— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 20, 2022
Her announcement comes after a senior minister quit her government and weeks of turmoil ignited by her economic plan, according to the Associated Press.
Truss wanted to resume fracking for shale gas, which caused backlash Wednesday night.
From the AP:
Chris Bryant, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, said he “saw members being physically manhandled … and being bullied.” Conservative officials denied there was manhandling.
Rumors swirled that Conservative Chief Whip Wendy Morton, who is responsible for party discipline, and her deputy had resigned. Hours later, Truss’ office said both remained in their jobs.
“Nobody has a route plan. It’s all sort of hand-to-hand fighting on a day-to-day basis,” Conservative lawmaker Simon Hoare told the BBC.
This is a developing story.