Queen Elizabeth II appoints Liz Truss as British Prime Minister



LONDON: Conservative Party Leader Liz framework was officially appointed as Britain’s new prime minister by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, becoming the country’s third female prime minister.
Truss traveled to the 96-year-old monarch’s Balmoral Castle residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to meet the Queen who formally asked him to form a new government.
Earlier, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson tendered his resignation to the Queen who is currently at Balmoral, her retreat in Aberdeenshire, for her annual holiday.
After his royal audience, Truss, 47, will be flown back to 10 Downing Street in London to deliver his inaugural speech as Prime Minister before revealing some keys Cabinet posts.
On Monday, Truss beat the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak to become the new British Prime Minister.
Attorney General Suella Braverman is expected to be the only Indian-born MP on her front-running team as the former Goan-born leadership candidate is set to be promoted to replace Priti Patel, who has resigned as minister of health. ‘Interior Monday evening.
Having played a leading role in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet as one of his close allies, Indian-born Patel confirmed that ‘from the back seats I will champion many of the policies and causes which I have defended both inside and outside the government”.
Sunak, the former British Indian finance minister who lost his bid to lead the Conservatives by 57-43%, said he was “proud” of the campaign he ran and said he had no no intention of serving in a firm headed by Truss if he was offered a job. .
Among other key posts in the new cabinet, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng – a close ally – is appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and Education Secretary James Cleverly is to be promoted to take over the current portfolio of Foreign Secretary from Truss.
Other former leadership hopefuls such as British Pakistani Sajid Javid could be offered Northern Ireland Secretary and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi could be moved to the post of Cabinet Minister.
A handful of serving ministers, such as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, are expected to retain their posts. Therese Coffey, a close friend of Truss, is expected to replace Steve Barclay as health secretary.
According to British media, apart from the Cabinet, a widespread changing of the guard is also expected within Downing Street with some of Johnson’s most senior aides set to exit or reshuffle.


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