Liz Truss was elected as the third female prime minister of the UK after defeating Rishi Sunak.

In the race for the Conservative Party leadership, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss defeated former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent.

She will now officially take over as British Prime Minister as Boris Johnson's replacement.

After 170,000 Tory members submitted their online and postal votes, the 47-year-old senior Cabinet minister was generally predicted to win,

ending Sunak's historic run as the first member of Parliament of Indian descent to compete for the top position at 10 Downing Street. 

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In an election with a high turnout of 82.6% and 654 invalid ballots from a total of 172,437 eligible Tory voters, Truss received 81,326 votes compared to Sunak's 60,399 votes.

In her winning speech, Truss vowed, "We will deliver, we will deliver, and we will deliver."

After Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher, Truss became Britain's third female prime minister. She claimed the campaign was "hard-fought" and demonstrated "the depth and range of ability" inside the party.

To reduce taxes and boost the UK economy, she claimed to have a "radical proposal."