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In Office But Not In Charge: How Is Truss Still Prime Minister?

  • Conservative Party struggling to agree on a viable successor
  • Leadership contest laid bare divisions that have not healed
Liz Truss, second right, in Parliament on Oct. 17. 

Liz Truss, second right, in Parliament on Oct. 17. 

Photographer: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament

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On the face of it, Liz Truss’s days as UK prime minister look numbered and her demise imminent. She’s been forced to throw out her entire economic policy program, fire her friend and finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng, and has seen her poll numbers plummet to record depths.