Monday, December 4, 2023

Rishi Sunak becomes first Asian, Indian-origin British PM

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In a historic move, Britain appointed its first Asian-origin Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to rule the country. With this, Sunak also becomes first British Premier of Indian ancestry.

After Liz Truss stepped down as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 20, Sunak was appointed as Conservative Party Leader and the UK’s future Prime Minister.

Tooking on Twitter, Truss posted “Congratulations, @RishiSunak, on being named Conservative Party Leader and our next Prime Minister. You have my whole support, “

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer took a high-risk bet. He launched an attack that helped bring Boris Johnson’s premiership to an end, ran for his replacement, but lost to Liz Truss.

He retired to the legislative backbenches after admitting defeat.

He was defeated in September by Liz Truss, who resigned six weeks later. Sunak won the support of his fellow MPs early and quickly in the last leadership election.

He received the required 100 nominations far before of the deadline, even from MPs who had previously supported Truss or Boris Johnson.

He will be the first person of Indian descent to rule the United Kingdom, and at 42, he will be the youngest person to do so in more than 200 years.

Sunak announced his intention to run for Prime Ministership publicly on Sunday morning.

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