Rishi Sunak becomes UK’s first British Asian Prime Minister

10 Downing Street officially has a new tenant.

On October 25, Rishi Sunak was named the next Prime Minister to lead Britain, less than a week after Liz Truss‘ abrupt resignation – becoming the first person of color to lead the government in the country’s history.

“I will put economic stability and confidence at the heart of the government’s agenda,” Sunak said in a speech after meeting King Charles III. “It will mean tough decisions ahead. But you saw me during Covid doing everything I could to protect people and businesses with schemes like furlough. There are always limits, more than ever, but I I promise you. I will bring the same compassion to the challenges we face today.”

Sunak, 42, won the role of leader of the Conservative Party after his sole challenger, Penny Mordauntdropped out of the race moments before MP votes were announced on October 24. A day earlier, the former Prime Minister Boris Johnsonwho was apparently weighing another race, also withdrew from the leadership contest.

Sunak’s new role comes just five days after Truss, 47, announced she would step down as prime minister, after just 44 days in office. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer becomes the UK’s third prime minister in two months, following Johnson’s resignation in early September and Truss’ resignation in late October.


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