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Liz Truss resigns: 'Unfathomable' $200,000 detail after British PM quits

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has resigned from office just 45 days into the job, making her the shortest-serving PM in UK history.

But the brief stint has still earned Truss a potential $200,000 (£115,000) a year, and it's got some people riled up.

The former PM, who called it quits over the disastrous fallout from her mini-budget, is entitled to claim the Public Duties Cost Allowance (PDCA). This is a maximum of $200,000 (£115,000) per year from taxpayer money for the rest of her life.

British PM Liz Truss resigning after 45 days in office
British PM Liz Truss resigned after 45 days in office. Source: AP

The allowance is granted to all former prime ministers in Britain and allows them to claim back money toward the cost of maintaining their activities in public life.

It was set up in 1991 following the resignation of Margaret Thatcher and has since allowed millions to be paid to former PMs, it's been reported.

Truss' decision to step down followed a whirlwind 45 days in office, but despite insisting she was a "fighter, not a quitter", the pressure proved too much.

"I recognise… given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party," Truss said outside Downing Street on Thursday, confirming her resignation.

Uproar over 'disgusting' PM perk

Conversation has erupted on Twitter about the former PM's right to the allowance, with one person deeming it "just unfathomable".

"This perk is just about the most disgusting waste of public money there is. When you consider some will have to work 5 years to earn that," another person said.

"It's appalling, only PM's that serve the full term should get this," fumed another, with someone else calling it "disgusting".

They argued that even full-term PMs shouldn't get the allowance.

"When do we still get paid after leaving a job. Do what the rest of us do and get another one to support ourselves," one person wrote.

"Damn good wages for a few weeks work, where do I sign?" another mocked.

And dozens more agreed.

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