Liz Truss was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom this Monday (5). The conservative, elected with nearly 57.4% of the vote in an internal party vote, becomes the third woman to hold the office.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is leaving office, congratulated Truss after the victory on Monday. Johnson was forced to resign in July after months marred by controversy and ministerial resignations. He was the first UK prime minister in history to have broken the law in office during the so-called Partygate scandal.
In a post on Twitter, Johnson said that Truss has the right plans to face the cost of living crisis and unite the British Conservative party.
congratulations to @trussliz on her decisive win. I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting and leveling up our country. Now is the time for all Conservatives to get behind her 100 percent of her.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 5, 2022
Rishi Sunak calls for party unity
Following his defeat in the Conservative leadership’s final vote, former finance minister Rishi Sunak tweeted his support for Liz Truss, who will become the new prime minister on Tuesday.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this campaign. I’ve said over time that Conservatives are a family. It is right that we now unite behind the new PM, Liz Truss, as she leads the country through difficult times,” Sunak said.
On the election of Truss, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Twitter that the European Union and the United Kingdom are partners.
“We face many challenges together, from climate change to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I look forward to a constructive relationship, in full respect of our agreements”.
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin also congratulated Truss on the election. “I look forward to working with you, as our closest neighbor’s prime minister, on important issues that we face together, both bilaterally and globally,” said Martin.
Source: CNN Brasil