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October 20, 2022
Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss holds a press conference in the Downing Street Briefing Room on October 14, 2022 in London, England. After just five weeks in the job, Prime Minister Liz Truss has sacked Chancellor of The Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng after he delivered a mini-budget that plunged the UK economy into crisis. (Daniel Leal-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Liz Truss will become Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister ever, after announcing her intention to resign just six weeks into a disastrous term that pitched Britain deep into political and economic turmoil.

Truss said Thursday that she would step aside for a new leader to be chosen within the next week, after a growing number of her own Conservative Party’s lawmakers said they could not support her any longer.

It brings to an ignominious end a catastrophic tenure in Downing Street, which appeared doomed ever since Truss’s flagship economic agenda sent markets into panic and led to a fall in the value of the pound.

George Canning previously held the record for the shortest term in Downing Street, having served for 119 days until his death in 1827. Truss, by contrast, lasted a mere 45 days before she announced her intention to quit.

Her decision ensures a fresh power struggle within the ruling Conservative Party, which has haemorrhaged public support for the past year and has now overthrown Boris Johnson and Truss in the space of a few months.

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