After a turbulent six weeks in office, Liz Truss announced her resignation as prime minister of the United Kingdom, saying she was unable to fulfil her party’s election promise.

After meeting with Sir Graham Brady, head of the key 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, Truss stated, “We set forth a vision for a low tax, high growth economy that will take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.” He was speaking outside Number 10 Downing Street. I am aware, however, that the circumstances prevent me from carrying out the mandate for which I was elected.

“I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party.”

In light of the upcoming leadership election within the Conservative Party, Truss declared that she would stay in office until a replacement was found.

A new leader of the Conservative Party would succeed Theresa May, Boris Johnson, who resigned in July, and Truss, who only assumed office on September 6 as the fourth prime minister of the United Kingdom in the previous three years.

The chaos in Westminster comes at a time when energy prices are skyrocketing and inflation is high. Last week, Jeremy Hunt, the new chancellor of the exchequer, reduced the energy price guarantee from two years to six months and scrapped a significant portion of the mini-budget presented by his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng.

The adjustments are also expected to prolong the lengthy delay for the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which may involve tighter controls on how much individuals can wager and any changes to the fee that British racing had requested.

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, said the country “must have a fresh start” and that there was a need for a general election “now”. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said a general election was a “democratic imperative.”

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