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With the departure of Truss, the United Kingdom will reach five prime ministers since 2016, the same number as the previous 37 years

By announcing her departure this Thursday (), British Prime Minister Liz Truss became the short-lived head of government of UK history.

She only accumulates 45 days in office and, as her replacement should be defined as early as next week, his term will end much sooner than that of runner-up George Canning, Duke of Portland, who died in August of 1827, only 118 days after becoming prime minister.

The prime minister who will replace Truss will be the country’s fifth in just over six years. In 2016, the conservative David Cameron, who had been in power since 2010, resigned after the British population approved in a referendum the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the so-called Brexit. , claiming that another prime minister should lead the process of withdrawing from the country.

His successor and co-religionist, Theresa May, took over in July 2016 and remained in office until 2019, when he also resigned for not being able to approve an agreement for the British exit from the European bloc.

Boris Johnson, one of the great supporters of Brexit, was May’s replacement and finally got a term for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, after calling early elections and obtaining a large majority in Parliament for approval.

However, the scandals during his government led to a loss of support among the Conservatives and his resignation in July this year.

He remained in office until the announcement of Liz Truss’s victory in the Conservative Party leadership election. The new prime minister took office on September 6, but her intention to cut taxes heavily and compensate for the drop in revenue with loans raised suspicion about the British state’s ability to pay them.

Even going back and promising a new economic plan, pressure from her own party and the decline in her approval led her to resign.

Although the Labor opposition calls for general elections, the Conservative Party intends to choose a new leader and prime minister. in a simplified internal process, in which all party members will only vote (and this time online, and not by mail) to break the tie if there is more than one candidate who obtains 100 signatures from the party’s parliamentarians.

Truss’s successor will have the mission of easing the political crisis in the United Kingdom, a task in which the current prime minister and Boris Johnson failed: the number of prime ministers that the country will reach in just over six years will be the same as the 37 previous years.

After Margaret Thatcher took office in May 1979, the number 10 of Downing Street had only other four occupants until mid-2016. The also conservative John Major replaced the Iron Lady in November 1997 and left in May 1997.

After two working periods, with Tony Blair (1997-2007) and Gordon Brown (2007-2010), the Conservatives returned to power in 2010 with David Cameron, who started the musical chairs in the British Executive when he left in July 2016 .

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