In the United Kingdom, the Conservative government increasingly weakened

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng, in Birmingham on Monday, October 3, 2022. AP - Aaron Chown

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Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng defended his plan to boost growth during a speech to the Conservative Congress on Monday (October 3rd).

A few hours earlier, he gave up one of his flagship measures.

A first admission of failure for the government of Liz Truss.


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With our correspondent in London, 

Marie Boëda

Kwasi Kwarteng did the right thing, according to some elected officials, while others find this back-pedalling embarrassing, as a demonstration of incompetence.

Nadine Dorries, a former minister close to Boris Johnson, who supported Liz Truss during the campaign, called for an early election in the face of " 

general dismay


The Prime Minister and Kwasi Kwarteng bowed to pressure.

The minister acknowledged this on Monday: “

 It was hard.

I will be frank, I know that the plan presented ten days ago caused some turbulence.

I understand, I understand.

We are listening.

And we listened. 


Reducing the income tax of the richest by 45% is therefore no longer relevant.

But in the party, voices are still raised.

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Two questions now arise.

Can Kwasi Kwartent stay on as chancellor?

And can Liz Truss avoid defeat by Labor in the next election?

According to a conservative, she will not stay in her post for long.

The party conference opened its doors in a divided and gloomy atmosphere, and this U-turn did nothing to appease.

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