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Sunak takes over as UK PM

Update : 25 Oct 2022, 16:57

Rishi Sunak was appointed to the position after an audience with King Charles III. Truss said in her final speech that "brighter days" lie ahead for Britain.

Rishi Sunak became Britain's Prime Minister on Tuesday, replacing Liz Truss, who announced her resignation last week.

Sunak was appointed to the position after an audience with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace.

In a final, short speech as prime minister, Truss said that it was a "huge honor" to the lead the UK during the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II and the acension of the king.

"We need to take advantage of our Brexit freedoms to do things differently. This means delivering more freedom for our own citizens and restoring power for our democratic institutions," Truss said. She also mentioned the need to lower taxes to support growth. Her scrapped plan for unfunded tax cuts had sent the UK economy into further turmoil amidst soaring inflation.

 

"Our country continues to battle through a storm. But I believe in Britain. I believe in the British people. And I know that brighter days lie ahead," Truss said.

She wished Sunak "every success."

How did Rishi Sunak rise to power?

Sunak became the leader of the Conservative Party after Penny Mordaunt failed to secure enough nominations from party lawmakers.

In the leadership race that saw Truss come to power, Sunak had been the second in the running for the PM's office.

Sunak is the first person of color and the first Hindu to become British Prime Minister.

He is the UK's third prime minister in three months. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped down from his position in early September, and was then replaced by Liz Truss, who announced her own resignation after only 45 days in office.

 

Johnson had announced his intention to run for the Conservative leadership, but later withdrew.

Sunak's parents were born in East Africa and immigrated to the UK in the 1960s. His grandparents came from the Punjab region of what was then British India, now split between India and Pakistan.

Britain's new prime minister, who previously served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Boris Johnson, worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs and then as a hedge fund manager before starting his political career. The multimillionaire is one of Britain's richest lawmakers.

Sunak is married to millionaire Indian citizen Akshata Murty. He came under fire after it was revealed that Murty did not pay taxes on overseas income due to her "non-domiciled" status.

 
 
 

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