Dismissal of British Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng – DW – 10/14/2022

British Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng has left his post, British public television reported today, Friday (10/14/2022), without specifying his sources, while the prime minister, who faces increasing interrogations… Liz Truss He tries to save his position. The BBC said that Kwarteng, who stressed on Thursday that he was “not going anywhere” despite the turmoil caused by the government's controversial economic plans in financial markets, “is no longer finance minister.” According to the first information, it is possible that Truss herself was the one who forced her to leave the government.

Kwarteng confirmed, in a letter he addressed to the Prime Minister, which he posted on his Twitter account, after his dismissal by Truss. The conservative politician indicates in the letter that he “accepted” the request made by the Prime Minister for him to “step down” from the position of Minister of Economy, amid increasing pressure on the government to announce on September 23 a controversial financial plan with huge tax cuts, At first Truss pushed hard.

In the letter addressed to Truss, the former minister confirmed that he would support his successor in that portfolio despite his insistence that “continuing with the status quo was simply not an option,” referring to the controversial financial changes included in his plan. Of growth. “This country has been slowed down for too long by low growth rates and high taxes, and this still needs to change for the country to succeed,” he said.

Shortly afterwards, Downing Street announced that veteran Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt, a former health and foreign affairs minister among other ministers, had been appointed to head the economy, replacing Kwarteng. Prime Minister Liz Truss' office confirmed on social media the appointment of Hunt, 56, who had aspired in 2019 and this year, without success, to lead the Conservative Party.

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