President congratulates new UK PM Liz Truss

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has congratulated Liz Truss on being elected the leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The President also expressed his confidence that bilateral and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and the UK will continue to grow as Sri Lanka strengthens partnership through the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS).

Liz Truss was named as the UK’s next Prime Minister yesterday, winning an internal leadership contest of the ruling Conservative party at a time when the country faces an industrial unrest and a recession.

She beat her rival, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, by 81,326 votes to 60,399, after a summer-long often bad-tempered and divisive party leadership contest sparked by Boris Johnson’s resignation in July.

As she was confirmed successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Truss vowed “bold” action to confront the biting economic crisis.

“We need to show that we will deliver over the next two years. I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy,” Truss said after the result was announced.

“I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”

Liz Truss, 47, will be only the UK’s third female Prime Minister following Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher

The announcement triggers the start of a handover from Boris Johnson, who was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal saw support for his administration drain away.

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