Greece and Australia send congratulations to newly elected British PM Liz Truss

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Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson as Britain’s new Prime Minister after defeating Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership election.

Ms Truss, the Foreign Secretary, defeated the former chancellor of the exchequer 81,326 votes to 60,399, winning 57 percent of the vote on Monday.

After the announcement, Ms Truss said it was “an honour to be elected” after “the longest job interview in the country.”

The newly elected Prime Minister also said she had a bold plan to cut taxes, grow the UK’s economy, deal with the energy crisis and “deliver the National Health Service.”

Greece has welcomed the appointment of Ms Truss as Prime Minister, with the Foreign Ministry tweeting its congratulations on Monday night.

“Congratulations to Liz Truss on becoming the next British PM,” the ministry said.

“During her tenure as Foreign Secretary, our bilateral relations gained a renewed momentum by signing with [Foreign Minister] Nikos Dendias the MoU on Strategic Bilateral Framework between Greece and the UK on 25.10.2021 in London.”

Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, also congratulated Ms Truss on her election win.

“I look forward to a continued constructive relationship and friendship between our nations and people,” Mr Albanese wrote on Twitter.

The election announcement ended a two-month process that saw eight candidates whittled down to two – Ms Truss and Mr Sunak – who embarked country-wide campaigns to convince the 172,000-odd Conservative party members that they were the best candidate replace Mr Johnson to lead the party and the country.

Mr Johnson was forced to resign in July after a raft of resignations from his government, stemming from a series of controversies that engulfed the former PM.

Mr Johnson will travel to Balmoral in Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday to officially tender his resignation. 

Ms Truss will also head to Balmoral to be sworn in by the Queen as the United Kingdom’s 56th prime minister, becoming the third woman to hold the role after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

READ MORE: Letters reveal Boris Johnson once called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Source: ABC News.

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