Boris Johnson resigns as British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson resigns as British Prime Minister

Liz Truss has officially become PM. Truss flew to Scotland to meet the Queen on Tuesday, the final, formal step in her ascension to prime minister. She beat rival Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership contest on Monday after a weeks-long campaign

Boris Johnson stepped down. Shortly before Truss’s meeting with the Queen, Boris Johnson had to make an altogether more humbling appointment. He tendered his resignation to the monarch to clear the path for Truss to take over; weeks ago, he was forced to quit after his lawmakers lost confidence in his scandal-ridden premiership.

A new Cabinet will be named. Speculation is rife about who will take senior roles in Truss’s first Cabinet. She’ll be expected to promote many allies who backed her leadership campaign. Kwasi Kwarteng and Suella Braverman are tipped for promotions; two Johnson loyalists, Nadine Dorries and Priti Patel, have quit.

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