Truss named UK leader as embattled Tories urged to unite

LONDON, 06 September 2022, (TON): Britain’s new Conservative leader Liz Truss Monday vowed bold action to fix the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, as she was confirmed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor after a gruelling party contest.

The foreign secretary resisted pressure for a politically perilous early election to confirm her new mandate, vowing instead to deliver a great victory for the Conservative party in 2024.

Truss beat her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, by about 57 to 43 percent after a summer-long contest decided by just over 170,000 Conservative members a tiny sliver of Britain’s electorate.

Sunak, who has been lukewarm about whether he would serve in Truss’s cabinet tweeted that now was the time for the party to unite as one family.

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