It has been another turbulent week in British political history after Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned from her post just six weeks after taking power.

U statement taken near 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon, Rafter farm said she could not “carry out the mandate to which the Conservative Party elected me” and spoke to King Charles to to announce her resignation. She is to remain as prime minister until a successor is chosen in a leadership election, which should be “completed within the next week”, she said.

Truss now holds the ignominious record of the shortest-serving prime minister in modern British political history and leaves his party in chaos as, according to the BBC’s political editor Chris Mason, they try to “pull name’ from their ranks to avoid participating in the general election.

How The struggle for the leadership of the Conservative Party beginsformer prime minister Boris Johnson He has reportedly returned from a Caribbean holiday to launch his campaign – just three months after he was ousted by his own MPs. His allies say they are confident he can secure the 100 supporters needed to get his name on the ballot.

Johnson’s former chancellor-turned-leadership rival Rishi Sunak has also secured early support from MPs, as has House of Commons leader Penny Murdon, who was knocked out in the fifth round of the last leadership race in the summer.

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