Liz Truss resigns: A look at other world leaders with short tenures


After spending solely six weeks within the function, the U.Okay.’s Liz Truss resigned on Thursday, making her tenure as prime minister the shortest within the nation’s historical past.

Truss, who was elected Conservative Party chief in September, made the announcement after spending 45 days as prime minister. Her authorities confronted weeks of turmoil, blamed partly on her financial plan, the following monetary upheaval and the alternative of her Treasury chief. She says she’s going to stay in workplace till her social gathering finds a brand new chief.

The shortest time period on report for a U.Okay. prime minister was beforehand set almost two centuries in the past by George Canning, who spent 119 days in workplace in 1827 earlier than dying.

Here is a look at a number of the shortest phrases amongst world leaders within the West:


At 69 days, Charles Tupper’s time period as prime minister stands because the shortest in Canadian historical past.

A former premier of Nova Scotia and one of many Fathers of Confederation, Canada’s sixth prime minister held the function from May 1 till July 8, 1896, after his Conservatives suffered an election defeat that 12 months to the Liberals led by Wilfred Laurier.


William Henry Harrison, America’s ninth president, died on his thirty second day in workplace in 1841.

At the time, Harrison was additionally the oldest U.S. president to be sworn in at the age of 68, till Ronald Reagan’s inauguration at 69.

Not a month into workplace, Harrison caught a chilly — after delivering his inaugural tackle open air and not using a hat or coat — which developed into pneumonia.

On April 4, 1841, he turn out to be the primary U.S. president to die in workplace.


Serving in a caretaker function following the dying of John Curtin, Australia’s Francis “Frank” Michael Forde holds the nation’s report for shortest time in workplace at eight days.

He served within the function from July 6 to 13, 1945, till the Labor Party he helmed for simply over every week selected JB Chifley as its chief.

Prior to changing into prime minister, Forde served as deputy prime minister.


Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda for the Third Reich underneath Adolf Hitler, technically holds the report for shortest time period as German chancellor – at someday.

Goebbels succeeded Hitler as chancellor after the dictator killed himself on April 30, 1945.

However, on May 1, 1945, Goebbels and his spouse, Magda, had their six kids poisoned earlier than killing themselves.


Louis Antoine assumed the French throne as King Louis XIX in 1830 after his father, Charles X, abdicated.

Famously, Louis XIX additionally abdicated — inside 20 minutes — setting the report for shortest reigning monarch in historical past and incomes an entry within the Guinness World Records guide.

Louis XIX shares the title with Luis Filipe of Portugal, who turned king following the assassination of his father, Carlos I, on Feb. 1, 1908.

However, Filipe’s reign additionally was short lived at simply 20 minutes after he too was fatally wounded within the assault.


Umberto II’s reign as king of Italy lasted a little bit over one month after his father, Victor Emmanuel III, renounced the throne in May 1946.

After the Italian public voted for a republic, Umberto and his male heirs have been exiled from the nation.

With information from The Associated Press


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