The British will know the name of the head of their new government this Monday along with the foreign minister liz truss as a favorite to succeed boris johnson And take over the reins of a country shaken by high inflation.
result of internal vote of conservative PartyFrom which the name of the leader of the formation and the new Prime Minister will come, Expected at 12:30 local time,
If Liz Truss (47 years old) overpowers her opponent, Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunki (42), will be the third woman to head a government in the United Kingdom, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
The polls ranked him as the favorite in the polls, which were attended by approximately 200,000 militants.
The race for leadership began in July, When Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation, A series of scandals in his government and a cascade of resignations.
Mail-in and online voting closed on Friday, eight weeks after Truss campaigned what the BBC described as “the longest job interview in history”.
However, the result is not representative of the mood of public opinion.
In a late August YouGov poll, 52% responded that the truss would be “bad” or “awful” First administration when elected.
43% said they don’t trust it “at all” when it comes to attacking the cost of living problem that dominates the campaign.
whoever is the winner, The next head of the British government will face “the worst entrance for a new prime minister since Thatcher”.in the words of Sunday Times.
The country is feeling its effects 10% inflationThe highest level in 40 years, driven by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and increased energy prices driven by the use of gas as a political weapon.
An inflation that led to several protest strikes during the summer, mainly in the transport sector.
The electricity bill of households will increase by 80% from October, and Millions of families this winter will face a painful dilemma between feeding and heating their homes.
“If I am elected prime minister, I will take immediate action on the issue of energy bills and supplies,” Truss said. BBC This Sunday, without giving any details.
“In a week, I will make sure that there is an announcement on how we will deal with it,” he said.
The truce promised on the campaign trail to cut taxes and prioritize economic growth as the country heads into recession at the end of the year.
The candidate said this Sunday that “in a month” he concluded a full tax cut plan, “to kick-start the British economy.”
transfer of control
This Monday the announcement of the Conservative Party to remain in power for 12 years will lead to a series of events.
on Tuesday, Johnson will deliver his farewell speech in Downing Street.
He will then submit his official resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, who will name Johnson’s successor.
For the first time in his long reign, The 96-year-old monarch will name the new head of government at a ceremony at his Scottish palace, Balmoral.And not at Buckingham Palace in London.
A novelty that is due to the Queen’s mobility problems, which forced her to cancel several commitments.
Johnson’s successor will return to London to deliver his first speech at 10 Downing Street, form the government and debate in parliament with opposition leader Keir Starmer on Wednesday.
(with information from AFP)