The following is an excerpt from CBSNews.com | July 13, 2016 |
LONDON - Theresa May became Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday, accepting an invitation to govern from Queen Elizabeth II after the resignation of David Cameron. She promised to lead a "one-nation" government dedicated to social justice and making "Britain a country that works for everyone."
Alluding to the tough negotiations that lie ahead over Britain's exit from the European Union, May said, "we face a time of great national change."
But she said Britain would "rise to the challenge" and forge "a bold new positive role" in the world.
May is the country's first female leader since Margaret Thatcher, the famously resolute politician -- nicknamed "The Iron Lady" -- who was the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, and prime minister from 1979 to 1990, the longest reign of the 20th Century in that post.
May won the job by default.
The other contenders had either stabbed each other in the back -- or the front -- or had fallen on their own swords.
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