(CMR) British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned Thursday, less than two months into the job, becoming the shortest-serving leader in British political history. Truss (47) lasted just 44 days in office.
Her announcement came after her attempt to roll out a series of aggressive tax cuts aimed at spurring economic growth but which dramatically affected financial markets.
Members of her own Conservative party had been calling for her to step down less than two months after she took over from Boris Johnson, who was also pressured out of the position.
The previous shortest tenure for a British leader was held by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who served for one year and one day, from 1963 to 1964.
Truss fired Kwasi Kwarteng, her close ally and finance minister, on 14 October even though he was implementing the pro-growth economic policies she campaigned on.