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Liz Truss is the new UK PM


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46-year-old Liz Truss is all set to replace the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. She will become the next Prime Minister of the country after defeating her 42-year-old competitor of Indian origin, Rishi Sunak.

Liz, whose father is a teacher and her mother, a nurse, was an accountant before entering the arena of politics. Liz will become the third female Prime Minister of the UK after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. And with this, the UK will become the 19th nation in the world to be led by a female. In the other eighteen countries, 15 have female prime ministers and 3 have female presidents.

Interestingly, Liz was the last one to enter the race of becoming the UK’s Prime Minister but with each passing day, proved to be intelligent and deserving of the post. Despite frequent resignations, she continued to be with Boris Johnson.

Truss has promised her people that she will introduce a 1.25% reduction in income tax. Revoking the increase in the corporation tax has also been pledged by her. Along with this, her stance on the Russia-Ukraine war came out clear during the political race, with her believing that Vladimir Putin is responsible for the start of the war.

On the other hand, while her opponent, Rishi Sunak is considered to be a better orator, could not win hearts because of his measured approach towards grappling with economic problems and his image of a rich technocrat.

Another setback became him being the first one to resign, in order to remove his mentor and boss, Boris Johnson, from the post of the UK Prime Minister. This is being considered as stabbing in the back.

Another factor which proved to go against Sunak was when, in Sunday Times, he had called his wife, Akshata, richer than the queen.

Nevertheless, Liz, rather than Sunak becoming the UK PM is being considered to be beneficial for India. She has been a Foreign Minister and has been helpful in boosting the relations between both the UK and India and hence, it is being expected that the relations of both the countries will strengthen further.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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