UK PM Truss quits after 6 weeks, following turmoil that obliterated her authority

In this screen grab taken from video from the House of Commons, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, October 19, 2022. (House of Commons/PA via AP)
In this screen grab taken from video from the House of Commons, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, October 19, 2022. (House of Commons/PA via AP)

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns — bowing to the inevitable after a tumultuous six-week term in which her policies triggered turmoil in financial markets and a rebellion in her party obliterated her authority.

She says, “I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected.”

Just yesterday, Truss vowed to stay in power, saying she is “a fighter and not a quitter.”

But Truss was forced to abandon many of her economic policies and lost control of Conservative Party discipline.

Her departure leaves a divided party seeking a leader who can unify its warring factions.

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