'My prayers are with Liz Truss': Archbishop of Canterbury's message after Prime Minister's resignation


After barely six weeks in office, British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on Thursday 20 October. In a message on Twitter, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby, said he prayed for her and for the country, "in this time of uncertainty". 

British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on Thursday after barely XNUMX days in office that looked like a descent into hell, triggering a new internal election within the Conservative Party.

"Given the situation, I cannot serve the term on which I was elected by the Conservative Party," said Ms Truss, who becomes the shortest-lived head of government in contemporary UK history. United, outside 10 Downing Street.

Following the announcement, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, posted a message on Twitter. He writes: “My prayers are with Liz Truss and her family, following her resignation and I give thanks for the public service she has rendered to our country. We should always be grateful to those who take on the great and difficult responsibilities of leadership. »

In a second tweet, the spiritual leader of the Church of England said he also prayed “for those who continue to work in government as they face the many serious challenges ahead”.

“I pray for our nation in this time of uncertainty,” he concludes.

A leader of the majority, Graham Brady, announced on Thursday that a new British Prime Minister will be appointed by Friday October 28.

"It will be possible to conduct a ballot and conclude an election by Friday, October 28," he told reporters, as the selection process for Ms. Truss by some 170.000 members of the ruling party had taken two months after the departure of Boris Johnson.

According to the British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace, heavyweight of the conservative majority, the former Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have every chance to replace Liz Truss at Downing Street.

Again excluding launching himself, Ben Wallace, considered the most popular minister within the party base, indicated that, particularly in view of the measures Boris Johnson had taken for the security of the country, he “leans” for his former boss. “But you know, there are still several days left, we will see what happens”, he however tempered on television.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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