Rishi Sunak will be Britain’s next prime minister– the first Indian-origin leader to take the top post in Britain. He will be taking charge officially on Tuesday after meeting King Charles III, as per protocol.In his first address as the PM elect, he clarified that his “utmost priority” would be “stability and unity” for the United Kingdom. Sunak will be the 5th UK Prime Minister in six years and will adress the nation for the first time as its first Indian-origin prime minister at 11:35 A.M Local time.
A wealthy Hindu descendant of immigrants from India and East Africa, speaking less than an hour after emerging victorious in the race to succeed Liz Truss as premier said his party needs to come together after ousting two prime ministers this year, according to a lawmaker present at Sunak’s address to MPs behind closed doors on Monday.
It is a remarkable turnaround in Sunak’s political fortunes, after the former Chancellor of the Exchequer quit Boris Johnson’s government in July and then lost out to Truss in the last Tory leadership contest over the summer. Sunak studied from Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University.
He was first elected MP from Richmond (Yorks) constituency in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019.In July 2019, Mr Sunak was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury, having entered government service as the Minister for Local Government in January 2018. In February 2020, he was appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, a position he had the privilege to hold until July this year.
Liz Truss quit the post as the PM in six weeks. He will be Britain’s youngest prime minister in more than 200 years on Monday amid a crisis-like situation in the country